Monthly Archives: June 2020

Why You Should Use MEWPs VS. Scaffolding

Scaffolding has been used throughout history, playing a key role in the construction industry as the safest, most efficient way of working in those hard to reach places. However, since the invention of mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs), scaffolding has been replaced by a much safer, more efficient way of getting the job done!

Although scaffolding is still commonly used in painting, window washing, and many other industries to this day, the fact remains that MEWPs make it safer to work at heights up to 60 feet. In case you’re still not convinced, here’s a few reasons why you should choose MEWPs over scaffolding at your jobsite!

  • Greater access. MEWPs can be used almost anywhere scaffolding can. New features like all-terrain wheels, self-leveling, and scissors on tracks allow them to operate in places they previously could not go. In fact, they can often go places scaffolding can’t!
  • Safer for workers. Scaffolding and ladders are risky to work on. They are not equipped with outriggers like most lifts which give you extra stability. Scaffolding often requires many more safety measures to be in place to ensure a hazard free working environment. 
  • Cheaper to use. When work stops due to unexpected circumstances, it’s safer to dismantle and rebuild scaffolding when work resumes. Every time you do this, it adds cost to the job. MEWPs can be lowered and moved to storage with much less time and labor!
  • Increased risk of falls. OSHA mandates the use of PPE when working at 10 feet or more. Yet, when using scaffolding, contractors often insist on fall protection starting at six feet due to higher fall risk.

As of June 1st, 2020 new ANSI standards have been set in place to improve the safety and efficiency of mobile elevating work platforms. We have everything you need to know in our blog article here!

Employee Spotlight : Natasha Boutte

Meet Natasha Boutte!

Position at Hugg & Hall:

Parts Counterperson- Broussard, LA branch

What’s that mean?

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!

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?

Meeting all my coworkers here at Hugg & Hall.

Tell us about yourself/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 12 year old son. They are my world!

What do you like to do outside of work?

My kiddos keep me running around! I also like fishing, crabbing, cheerleading, football, riding dirt bikes, lawn mower races, swimming and spending time with family!

What is something about yourself that might surprise your coworkers?

I still own the Vanilla Ice cd!

What are five words that describe you?

Positive, Motivated, Knowledgeable, Reliable, Team-player

What would you do (for a career) if you were not a Parts Counterperson?

Luckily, I was picked to start my career with Hugg & Hall and love it here with the parts peeps!


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

Heat Stress In Construction

Summer is here and with it comes the dangers associated with heat, especially for those working outside throughout the summer months. It is important that workers know the dangers associated with extreme heat in construction and are educated on ways to prevent and treat illness that arises as a result of increasing temperatures. Below, are ways to insure you don’t fall victim to a heat related illness:   

Heat Stress Environments

Exposure to heat stresses can occur in:

  • Outdoor environments
  • Indoor environments with insufficient building insulation, ventilation, and cooling
  • Indoor environments where tasks require warm conditions
  • Any environments (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:

  • Heat Stroke
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Heat cramps
  • Heat rash

Heat Stress Symptoms

Early symptoms of heat stresses 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 medications that may be affected by heat, 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 Self 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.

Employee Excellence: Michael Cooper

Hugg & Hall Equipment Co. (Hugg & Hall) takes pride in honoring our hard working employees, so 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 in all of their daily tasks! 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 and regularly finds himself in the top three in parts sales company wide. He is gold level Toyota certified and is the go-to in the company for Toyota parts. He 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!