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Employee Spotlight: Stevie Walls

Meet Stevie Walls, Field Service Coordinator in Little Rock, AR!

Stevie’s Experiences at Hugg & Hall

Stevie joined Hugg & Hall 10 years ago and started in our Parts warehouse.

As Field Service Coordinator, he handles the preventative maintenance (PM) scheduling for the entire Little Rock branch. “Daily, I communicate with our PM techs, making sure they have work orders open, their schedules are flowing as smoothly as possible, and helping them solve pop-up situations that were out of their control.”

Since starting with Hugg & Hall, Stevie has loved the “family vibe” that he experiences. “I honestly feel close enough to my coworkers that I see an aunt, an uncle, or a cousin in each of them. That’s exactly how I treat my coworkers: as family. Hugg & Hall is home for me.” 

The family vibes started early for Stevie. He’s had many experiences where he can laugh with his coworkers. His favorite memory of working at Hugg & Hall was a few years ago, working with Gary Payne and Steve Hefner.

“We had to go out to the yard to break down crates, and one of those days happened to be hot enough to give a wasp an attitude! Hefner went to lift a crate and wasps came flying out, ready to sting anything moving.

“Hefner took off on the forklift like it was a rocket and didn’t say one word to Gary or me. Once we finally noticed what happened, Gary and I both stumbled over each other trying to get away!

“It wasn’t funny at the moment, but now I look back and laugh. Gary showed me that age didn’t mean a thing. He was moving just as fast as I was!”

Outside of Work

Stevie has always called the Little Rock area home, and he now lives in Saline county. He loves the stable, calm environment and enjoys being a bit outside of the big city. In his free time, you can find him fishing for catfish and driving around in his Mustang. 

Stevie says spending time with his family is his favorite thing to do. “I love watching my son develop his own personality. Kids truly do say the darndest things! With him and my wife, pure comedy is all I can call it. Being around my love bugs, there’s never a dull moment.” 

We love to hear our employees’ favorite quotes. Stevie’s is “When you’re done complaining, the problem will still exist.” Our team has seen firsthand that Stevie lives this: he is always a problem-solver, not a complainer. We’re so grateful to have Stevie on our team! 


Want to learn more about our awesome employees? Check out our other employee spotlights

Sun Safety: Tips for Construction Workers

For construction workers, sun protection is an often-overlooked part of workplace safety. Sun safety gets ignored when you’re working with more immediate dangers. It makes perfect sense: it’s not easy to remember sunscreen when you’re working with dangerous equipment. 

Additionally, many jobsites won’t prioritize sun safety, which means it falls on you, the individual worker, to stay safe. You may feel pressured to stay in the sun by a supervisor, fellow employees, or the task you’re working on.

As sun safety gets ignored or overlooked on jobsites, skin cancer is on the rise across the US. Consistent exposure to the sun’s UV rays increases your chance of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or deadly melanoma. There are approximately 1 million new skin cancer diagnoses per year, and as an employee who works outside, you’re at risk. Every construction worker is at risk of skin cancer, regardless of skin tone.

You can protect yourself from skin cancer by following sun safety practices. We see and understand the barriers to sun safety on a jobsite, so we’ve outlined the easiest ways to keep yourself protected. 

Sunscreen is the cheapest way to protect yourself from the sun. Broad-spectrum sunscreens with an SPF of at least 15 have been shown to reduce the risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging. A higher SPF will provide even more protection. 

Apply a thick, even layer everywhere you will be exposed to sun. This includes your back and torso, because even when you’re wearing a shirt, you can be exposed to UV rays. 

Most people typically forget to apply sunscreen to their lips, ears, and hands. Ears are especially overlooked, making them most vulnerable to skin cancer. When your ears or hands are uncovered, they need sunscreen. If you don’t want to apply sunscreen directly to your lips, use an FDA-approved sunscreen lip balm. 

If you can’t carry a full bottle of sunscreen with you, consider buying a small travel container and filling it with sunscreen. A small bottle is easier to transport and can be refilled each morning in seconds.  

It’s important to note that when applied to your forehead, sunscreen can be sweated off and drip into your eyes. You can avoid this by wearing a bandana tied above your eyebrows, a moisture-wicking cycling cap, or a no-sweat hardhat liner. 

Sunscreen isn’t the only way you should protect yourself. All sunscreens wear off eventually, especially when exposed to sweat. It’s best to apply every two hours, but when you’re on the job, we know you may not be able to take regular breaks.

Sun-protective clothing is one of the best ways to protect yourself when you can’t reapply sunscreen.

In general, clothing is the best form of sun protection, but not all clothing is created equal. You’ll get better protection from a darker, tightly woven fabric shirt than from a white cotton t-shirt. However, darker fabrics can make you sweat and even overheat in the summer.

Your best bet is to wear clothing with an ultraviolet protection factor (UPF). UPF-rated clothing is usually made with a lightweight fabric and treated with dyes or chemicals to block out UV light. These clothes often have a UPF rating of 50 or higher, while a white cotton t-shirt has a UPF rating of around 5. 

Unfortunately, there is a price barrier to this type of clothing. UPF shirts can range from $25-$70 in price, and they may not last as long as a traditional cotton t-shirt. You may want to limit using a UPF shirt to when the UV rays are at their highest, to make sure the shirt doesn’t wear out too fast.

A dark cotton t-shirt, combined with sunscreen, isn’t a perfect way to avoid UV rays. But it will protect you better than if you didn’t wear either. 

Wearing a hat is another great way to protect your face, ears, and neck from the sun. Make sure the hat is UPF-rated or made of a tightly woven dark fabric. If you’re required to wear a hard hat, there are accessories that can be fitted over or under your hard hat to help protect your neck and face. 

Did you know that non-UV protection sunglasses can actually increase the amount of UV rays your eyes get? Sunglasses darken your environment, which makes your pupils dilate and increases your retinal exposure to UV light. 

If your sunglasses don’t meet UV standards, it’s time to replace them. Choose sunglasses with a rating of UV400 or 100% UV protection. The best sunglasses have large, wraparound frames and will cover more of your eye socket.

Dark glasses don’t automatically indicate UV protection. You can ask your optometrist to check your sunglasses to see if they are UV rated. 

Like UPF shirts, there is a cost barrier for UV-protection sunglasses. The average pair can cost around $40-60, and considering sunglasses can be easily broken, it may put you off from ordering them. However, considering the sun can cause cataracts and cancer, it’s important to factor a pair into your budget. 

Never underestimate the power of shade. Working around UV exposure isn’t always possible, since it’s strongest from 10:00am – 4:00pm, but a tent or shady area can help you avoid the sun during your breaks. 

Taking regular breaks, when possible, can help you avoid sunburning and risking skin cancer. Taking a shade break also gives you time to reapply sunscreen and rest to avoid heatstroke. 

UV rays can cause irreparable damage to your skin, and as a construction worker, you’re at risk of premature skin aging and skin cancer. You can protect yourself by using sunscreen, wearing sun-protective clothing and UV-rated sunglasses, and taking shade breaks whenever possible. 

We recognize that practicing sun safety isn’t the easiest thing in the world, and it can be expensive. Sun protection is a conscious choice. You probably won’t feel natural wearing different clothing or applying sunscreen on-site. 

But these changes can help keep you alive and healthy, so they’re worth doing. Never let a job dictate how you practice sun safety. Be willing to take breaks to reapply sunscreen and get out of the sun. Importantly, never get the mindset that since you haven’t practiced sun safety thus far, you shouldn’t bother now. Sun damage is compounding, so each exposure puts you in more danger. 

Starting a daily sun safety routine may prompt others on your jobsite to follow. You can help change the culture of your jobsite just by prioritizing your own health and safety. Practice sun safety to stay healthy for your family and your future.


Want to learn more about sun and heat safety? Check out our summertime tips.  

Reduce Emissions with Skylocker: Powered by Hugg & Hall

Are you ready for a revolutionized rental experience? Meet Skylocker!

Image of Skylocker and scissor lift. Skylocker is a green equipment locker with a roll-up door in front to access the equipment.

What is Skylocker? 

Skylocker is a solar-powered equipment locker. It’s designed to store and charge your most frequently used equipment, like scissor lifts and pallet jacks. 

Skylocker isn’t just convenient. It also helps reduce emissions and save you money! Read on to see why Skylocker is a great choice for your business. 

Skylocker is efficient.

Once delivered, Skylocker stays on-site and fits in the space of a traditional parking spot. No more worrying about getting equipment delivered before a big job: Skylocker cuts the uncertainty by always being available. 

Once you check out the equipment, you can use it for up to 8 hours before returning it to the Skylocker to charge. 

Skylocker is economical. 

You’ll save money with Skylocker, because you’ll only pay for the equipment when it’s actually being used.

With traditional rental, you’re on the hook for the cost until you return the equipment. With Skylocker, never worry about needing to return a rental too early again! 

Skylocker is easy-to-use.

Skylocker was designed specifically to make your job easier. Each Skylocker features an easy-access ramp, interior LED lighting, and slip resistant flooring. The equipment is always charged and ready for your jobsite or warehouse. 

Downloading the app allows you to check out equipment whenever you need. Curious how the app works? Learn more with this infographic. →

Skylocker is environmentally friendly.

Worried about meeting new sustainability goals? Curious what impact the Washington Clean Fuel Act will have on the construction industry at large? Indications seem to point to sustainability regulations becoming the new normal across the industry.

With Skylocker, you don’t have to worry about whether you’ll meet those goals and reduce your emissions. Skylocker’s revolutionary design accomplishes them for you. 

Skylocker saves up to 8,000 pounds of carbon emissions every year. Keeping the equipment on-site eliminates all transportation emissions aside from initial delivery and final pick-up. 

The high-capacity, solar-powered batteries in Skylocker store renewable energy and charge electric equipment without using power from the grid. You’ll save over 800 hours of traditional charging and reduce your fuel footprint. 

One of the best things about Skylocker? Its solar-powered batteries stay online and maintain a charge even when the power goes out. 

Skylocker is the future of equipment rental. 

Skylocker’s eco-friendly and cost-saving design solves your facilities management or jobsite challenges. Contact us to get Skylocker onsite today

Pedestrian Safety 101: Warehouses & Jobsites

Imagine: you’re finishing up a shift in a warehouse or on a construction site. You’re tired and decide to take a shortcut across an area where equipment is running. You figure that you’ve got quicker reflexes than the equipment, so you’ll be fine. But a quick shortcut can cause you significant harm. 

Forklifts and construction equipment pose inherent dangers to pedestrians. According to data from OSHA and the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, construction sites and warehouses are two of the most dangerous places of employment. 

How do you help keep yourself safe when you share a worksite with forklifts and construction equipment? Whether you work in a warehouse or in construction, follow these tips to help keep yourself safe on the job. 

Header: Warehouses

If you work in a warehouse, you know that forklifts are necessary for daily operations. When you work with equipment regularly, it’s easy to forget how dangerous it can be. Your team should be aware of forklifts and other machinery, and your operators should be aware of pedestrians.

In a warehouse, you can give your team the added security of a consistent environment. You can do this by: 

  1. Designating and marking pedestrian walkways out of the path of forklifts. 
  2. Restricting specific areas to forklift traffic only. 
  3. Adding handrails to increase pedestrian safety. 
  4. Limiting overhead door access to forklifts. 

However, designated pedestrian areas don’t mean your forklift operators don’t have to pay attention. Even when the environment is consistent, people are the changing variables. It’s important that all forklift operators stay vigilant. They can do this by: 

  1. Looking out for pedestrians. 
  2. Shouting a warning and honking the horn at intersections, corners, and blind spots. 
  3. Using overhead and rear-view mirrors on forklifts. 
  4. Ensuring alarms and flashing signals are working on all forklifts. In need of alarms or signal lights? Contact our Parts Department to find the ones you need. 
  5. Always yielding the right-of-way to pedestrians. 

Learn more about forklift safety add-ons to help keep your team safe. 

Forklift safety requires additional attention from both operators and pedestrians. By ensuring the forklifts in your environment have the correct safety features, your operators are aware and cautious, and your pedestrian traffic knows where the safe-zones are, you can help pedestrians avoid injury. 

Header: Jobsites

A construction site offers additional pedestrian hazards for a variety of reasons. Beyond ensuring that fellow employees avoid equipment, you have to keep the general public out of your jobsite.

There are rarely consistent “safe zones” for pedestrians on a jobsite, so awareness of your surroundings is vital. 

You can limit pedestrian hazards on your jobsite by doing the following: 

  1. Putting up fencing, and maintaining it regularly, to keep the general public out of your jobsite. 
  2. Maintaining a clean, tidy jobsite. A tidy work area reduces the risk of slips, trips, and falls, and reduces the risk of fire hazards. Always keep access routes clear.
  3. Marking unsafe work areas and ensuring employees don’t cross into unsafe areas. 

On a construction site, operators don’t have the tight corners of a warehouse to worry about. However, since pedestrians can approach from all sides, equipment operators often have to be even more vigilant. Operators can help warn foot traffic of their approach by: 

  1. Installing equipment alarms and flashing signals. On a noisy construction site, flashing signals can be one of the best ways to get an employee’s attention. 
  2. Ensuring equipment has mirrors and always checking blind spots. 
  3. Providing adequate lighting if workers are present after dark. 
  4. Clearing the area before lifting objects, and making sure all loads are secured before lifting. 

Construction sites are inherently dangerous, but you can help keep employees safe on the job with these tips.