Monthly Archives: June 2020

Employee Spotlight: Natasha Boutte

Meet Natasha Boutte!

Natasha Boutte

2023 Update: Natasha received a Customer Service Award for her 5-star survey from Cummins Sales and Service. The company said, “Natasha always makes it a pleasure to do business with her. The Cummins team truly appreciates her!”

Position at Hugg & Hall:

Parts Specialist- Broussard, LA branch

How Long have you been with Hugg & Hall? 

Since September 2018!

What does your typical workday look like?

My typical day at work involves meeting and greeting customers, shipping and receiving parts orders, ordering and restocking parts while learning new things about equipment.

Favorite part of the job?

Working as a team! I love it here with the parts peeps!

How did you get into the parts industry?

I started working in the automotive parts industry, and I’m still in the parts world!

What is your favorite memory from your job?

My first day, meeting all my coworkers here at Hugg & Hall.

Tell us about yourself and your family:

I was born and raised in New Iberia, LA, aka “Da Berry”!

I am blessed with two children, a 15-year-old daughter and a 12-year-old son [at time of publishing in 2020]. They are my world!

What do you like to do outside of work?

My kiddos keep me running around! Being a teenager’s mom, I am always busy doing something.

I also like fishing, crabbing, cheerleading, football, riding dirt bikes, lawn mower races, swimming, and spending time with family!

What is something about you that might surprise your coworkers?

I still own the Vanilla Ice CD!

2023 Update: We verified that Natasha still owns the Vanilla Ice CD. 

What are five words that describe you?

Positive, Motivated, Knowledgeable, Reliable, Team-player


Thank you, Natasha! The Hugg & Hall team appreciates everything you do for the company!

Want to learn more about Natasha Boutte and our awesome employees? Check out our Employee Spotlights page!


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2020. We updated it for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in July 2023.

Heat Stress In Construction

Summer is here! With it comes the dangers associated with heat, especially for those working outside throughout the summer months. It’s important to know the dangers of heat stress and be educated on ways to prevent and treat heat-related illnesses. Read our tips on avoiding extreme heat in construction. 

Heat Stress Environments

Exposure to heat stress can occur in:

  • Outdoor environments
  • Indoor environments with insufficient insulation, ventilation, and cooling
  • Indoor environments where tasks require warm conditions
  • Any environment (even cool ones) where work tasks are physically demanding for extended periods of time

Heat Stress Hazards

Hazards that can result from heat stresses include:

  • Heatstroke
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat cramps
  • Heat rash

Read up on the symptoms of heatstroke and learn how to prevent it

Heat Stress Symptoms

Early symptoms of heat stress include:

  • Fatigue
  • Heavy sweating
  • Headache
  • Cramps
  • Dizziness
  • High pulse rate

Heat-Related Incidents

When working in the heat, you may experience physical reactions that could result in workplace incidents, including:

  • Sweaty palms
  • Fogged-up safety glasses
  • Dizziness
  • Balance difficulties
  • Headaches
  • Burns (from contact with hot surfaces or steam)

Other Risks

You may have a greater risk of heat stress if you have a pre-existing health condition, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure

If you are 65 years or older, or are taking certain medications, you also have a greater risk of heat-related hazards.

Proper Clothing

You can minimize heat stress by wearing appropriate clothing. When working in hot environments, select clothing that is:

  • Light-colored
  • Loose-fitting
  • Breathable (cotton, not synthetic)

Note that using PPE may increase your risk of heat stress. Since PPE is still required, even in hot conditions, it is critical that you plan accordingly and prevent heat stress through safe work practices, hydration, and by regularly monitoring yourself and others.

Safe Work Practices

You can minimize heat stresses by following these general safe work practices:

  • If you are not used to hot work conditions, don’t attempt to do too much too fast; gradually build up to heavy work.
  • Use the coolest part of the day for the most intense work.
  • Take more breaks throughout the work day and develop an hourly work-rest cycle.
  • Use areas of shade or cool whenever possible and especially when taking breaks.
  • Monitor weather conditions prior to work and as they change throughout the day.

Adequate Hydration

Minimize heat stress by:

  • Drinking water frequently
  • Avoiding drinks with caffeine, alcohol and sugar
  • Choosing liquids with electrolytes

Monitor Yourself and Others

Minimize heat stress by:

  • Monitoring yourself and your co-workers for signs and symptoms of heat stress illness.
  • Informing your supervisor of existing medical conditions that may increase your risks when working in hot environments.
  • Being extra cautious when you or your co-workers have existing medical conditions or are taking medications that may increase the risks of working in hot environments.

Now that you have learned how to keep yourself safe with extreme heat in construction, click here for tips on how to keep your equipment up and running in the heat.


Prepare your equipment, jobsites, and employees for warmer temperatures to help avoid injuries and downtime from work. Visit our blog to learn more summer safety tips!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2020. We updated it for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in February 2023.

Employee Excellence: Michael Cooper

We take pride in honoring our hard-working employees. When Toyota Material Handling gifted us with a brand new Big Green Egg, we decided to give the generous gift to a team member who exceeds employee excellence daily. After careful consideration, the Hugg & Hall parts departments came to a unanimous decision that no one is more deserving than parts counterperson, Michael Cooper.

Michael has been with the company for just over 5 years. In his current role, he continually tops the charts for parts sales in our Little Rock location. He’s consistently top three in parts sales company wide. He is gold level Toyota certified and is the go-to in the company for Toyota parts. Michael has earned the respect from all his coworkers and is a fan favorite with customers due to his positive attitude and professionalism! 

Hugg & Hall is proud to have this equipment professional on our team. Thank you Michael Cooper for all of your hard work and dedication– we are lucky to have you! If you are interested in becoming part of the Hugg & Hall team, visit our hiring site today!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in June 2020. We updated it for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness in February 2023.