Monthly Archives: February 2023

How to Avoid Common Jobsite Injuries

If you work with heavy machinery, you know how important safety is. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in construction, transportation, and warehousing were responsible for over 358,000 reported injuries in 2020. Many of these common jobsite injuries were preventable. 

At Hugg & Hall, we want to make sure your jobsite is as safe as possible. Learn more about common workplace injuries and how to prevent them with these tips. 

Collisions/Machinery Accidents

Material handling and light construction equipment is essential to most warehouses and jobsites, but these machines also cause thousands of accidents every year. Even the most safety-conscious teams can experience a collision or machinery accident. It’s vital that your team stays alert and knows how to work safely

Your team should always perform a pre-operation walkaround and maintain 3 points of contact when entering a machine. Your operators should constantly be checking their blind spots to avoid crashing into another machine or an employee. 

If you are using a piece of equipment to move heavy loads, like a forklift or telehandler, always ensure you’ve achieved proper load distribution. Uneven loads can cause the machine to tip. Always follow OSHA, ANSI, and the manufacturer’s standards when operating a piece of machinery. 

Proper action saves lives. Educate your team on how to avoid collisions and other accidents. 

Slips, Trips, and Falls

Whether your employees work on a construction site or warehouse, slips and falls are a serious hazard. Employees can slip or trip on wet and uneven surfaces. They can fall from scaffolding, ladders, rooftops, and even lifts if they’re not wearing a harness. 

To keep your employees safe, require harnesses when they are working in the air. On construction sites, ensure employees are aware of muddy, slick, or obstructed areas and anything blocking their path. In the warehouse, perform regular checks for wet floors, cords crossing pedestrian areas, and anything else that could cause an employee to trip or fall. 

Strains and Repetitive Stress Injuries 

Strains typically occur when employees try to lift merchandise, deliveries, or other heavy objects without proper technique. You can recommend your employees wear back braces and lifting aids when available and provide them training on smart lifting techniques. 

Repetitive stress injuries occur when employees do a significant amount of repetitive motion over a long period of time. Encourage employees to take breaks and provide training on the most ergonomic way to complete a task. 


Even when your employees are working safely, they can suffer from overexertion. Overexertion occurs when employees are lifting, pulling, carrying, or lowering heavy objects, and it’s even more likely to happen when the surrounding environment is hot. Allow for plenty of breaks and provide adequate hydration. 


Even before electricians are brought in, construction site employees are at risk for electrocution and shock. Ensure all electrical equipment is double-insulated or properly grounded, and always inspect tools and cords for wear and tear. Teach your employees to disconnect any power tool or machinery before they inspect or repair it. 

In the final stages of a construction project, employees may be around exposed wires and unfinished electrical work. If your employees aren’t aware of it, they can suffer severe shocks. Make sure all electrical work is clearly marked. 

Hazardous Materials 

If your warehouse handles hazardous materials, your employees can be exposed to chemical burns, fire, respiratory issues, explosions, and even long-term effects like cancer. You should have a thorough emergency procedures plan for any accidents. Make sure emergency equipment, such as eye wash and shower stations, are accessible, and test them regularly. 

Provide proper hazardous material training and ensure your employees are familiar with each substance that comes into your warehouse. Store all hazardous materials properly and require proper Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). 


Your employees have a federally protected right to jobsite safety. Educating your team about common safety hazards and how to avoid them is a proven way to help keep your team safe and avoid accidents. 

Have questions about employee training? Contact us! 

Customer Service Spotlight: Cliff Woods

Meet Cliff Woods!

Cliff Woods is a Field Service Technician in Baton Rouge, Louisiana!

Cliff joined Hugg & Hall in 2021. He’s a US Army veteran who is originally from Natchez, Mississippi. After his military service, he moved to Baton Rouge. He loves Baton Rouge because he’s close to his hometown, but the big city offers more opportunities for himself and his sons. 

Cliff usually starts the day with a full agenda. He first loads up the parts he needs to help his customers. “I travel to the customers’ locations and meet with my contacts to see if they have any equipment that needs my attention.” Cliff then addresses each concern in the customer’s order of importance and fixes what they need up and running immediately. On the off chance Cliff’s agenda isn’t full, he inspects the lifts and gets operator feedback about any problems they may have with their lift. 

Outside of work, Cliff likes to ride his motorcycle and is a dedicated father to his two sons.


Cliff was recently recognized for his work ethic and knowledge. 

Cliff takes pride in doing his job well, and his customers and managers have taken notice! Daniel Smith, Planning and Logistics Manager at SNF Flopam, shared how much help Cliff has been to their team. 

“Cliff Woods is one of the best workers on our site. We depend on him for a lot of things. He always manages his time well, and he’s always present, safe, and consistent. He’s very knowledgeable, and yet, he’s still open to learning more. Cliff is always professional and represents Hugg & Hall well. People know the company, and they trust Hugg & Hall more because of Cliff. It’s more than brand recognition—it’s a belief that Cliff will display great workmanship. That’s what sets him apart.

“Cliff provides a lot of value to us. He makes suggestions that improve the quality of our fleet, and he’s helped us come up with better ways to care for our equipment and handle maintenance issues. He is a daily reminder of the value of our SNF/Hugg & Hall relationship. In management we often get to tell people exactly where they aren’t measuring up, so it’s refreshing to share how Cliff continues to exceed our expectations. We appreciate his commitment to excellence!”

Another associate with SNF Flopam, David Comeaux, praised Cliff for his character and work ethic. 

“Cliff always goes above and beyond with his workmanship, knowledge, and desire to help with every situation. His demeanor is always positive no matter the circumstances. He will take on jobs that he has no experience with and excel, because he wants to learn and complete what is asked of him. If I had to pick a worker as my best employee, through all my years, it would be Cliff. Last but certainly not least, he is an honest man.” 

Want to learn more about our awesome employees? Read more of our spotlights!

How to Perform Preventative Maintenance

Interested in learning how to perform preventative maintenance? Want to know more about why it’s important? Read on to learn how to create a PM schedule. 

Why it’s important to perform PM

A service tech performing preventative maintenance.

It can be annoying to schedule preventative maintenance when you don’t see any immediate issues with your machinery. It’s easy to reason, “Everything looks okay. I can put off a service call.” But the goal of PM is to anticipate wear and tear that will cause more problems down the line. PM can extend your equipment’s lifespan and keep unexpected downtime to a minimum.


Preventative maintenance (PM) can also save you money. Some studies estimate that performing regular maintenance can reduce your total repair costs by up to 25%. Service teams can catch would-be issues quicker when they regularly service your machine, and by performing regular repairs, they can prevent new issues from forming. It can even improve the resale value of your equipment. Check out this article from MaintainX for an in-depth explanation of how PM saves money.

How often should you schedule preventative maintenance?

Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. PM needs will be dependent on your specific equipment. Always cross-reference your PM schedule with the equipment’s manual. Many service departments will keep you on a PM schedule. Having an existing relationship with a service team can also help you when you need emergency maintenance performed, because you won’t have to hunt for a tech when something’s already broken. Your service records will also be stored with that team already, making it easier for them to know what’s happening.

Understanding preventative maintenance schedules

PM programs typically cover three main components.

  1. Routine scheduling for oil/filter changes, lubrication, and fluid analysis
  2. Visual inspections
  3. Proactively replacing parts before old parts cause problems

Keeping a PM schedule gives you documented proof that you’re maintaining your machinery according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. This record supports any warranty claim you may need to make. Keep a printed or written record of the date of service, what type of service was performed, what parts were replaced, and when the next service will be required.

How often should you schedule preventative maintenance?

Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer. PM needs will be dependent on your specific equipment. Always cross-reference your PM schedule with the equipment’s manual. Many service departments will keep you on a PM schedule. Having an existing relationship with a service team can also help you when you need emergency maintenance performed, because you won’t have to hunt for a tech when something’s already broken. Your service records will also be stored with that team already, making it easier for them to know what’s happening.

Train your team

It may not sound like preventative maintenance, but training your employees is one of the easiest ways to support PM. Certified or knowledgeable operators know how to start and run the machine. They know what tasks they need to complete to make sure the machines work properly, and they know when the machine is acting different. They may even be able to point to specific parts or pieces that aren’t functioning correctly.

On-site PM & PM checklist

 Your team can perform preventative maintenance too. If you own your equipment, you probably don’t want to call a service tech every time you finish a job. It’s important to check all items on your PM checklist after completing a major project. You can download this handy PM checklist and store it with your machine.


  • Check for overhead hazards (such as power lines) or tripping hazards.
  • Look at the coolant package to ensure there’s no dust, dirt, or debris.
  • Check engine oil levels, power steering fluid levels, windshield washer fluid levels, and DEF tank (if applicable).
  • Check for damage and signs of premature wear and inspect the overall condition.
  • Check the belts for cracks, frays, and splits.
  • Ensure hoses aren’t loose, pinched, or cracked.
  • Look under the equipment for leaks.
  • Check tires for pressure, damage, and wear. Ensure valve stems are secure.
  • Inspect battery cables, clamps, and connections for corrosion or loose connections.
  • Check the cab, windshield, wiper blades, mirrors, horn, and seat belts for damage or visibility issues.
  • If you see any signs of missing or loose bolts, fluid leakage, exposed wires, frayed hydraulic hoses, etc., call your maintenance team immediately.


Perform these checks after the equipment has been running for five to ten minutes.

  • Check for air filter warnings. Clean or replace the filter if necessary.
  • Check the gauges to ensure the machine is operating at safe levels.
  • Test all lights.
  • Test that the brakes are working properly.
  • Check the fluid levels of the engine, steering tank, hydraulic oil, power terrain, coolant, and swing drive.
  • Test all hydraulic lines and systems.
  • Listen for any unusual noises.
  • Monitor all gauges. 
  • Feel for excessive vibrations.


  • Fill the fuel tank.
  • Idle the engine for five minutes before shutting down completely.
  • Park the equipment in a safe place and engage the parking brake.
  • Clean debris off equipment.

If your team comes across something you can’t fix on the yard, always call a service tech. Contact Hugg & Hall’s standard-setting team