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Branch Spotlight: Amelia, LA

Adrian Francis, Kenny Pellegrin, and Cody Danielson.

Meet the members of our Amelia, LA branch: Kenny Pellegrin, Cody Danielson, and Adrian Francis! 

Our Amelia branch might be small, but these guys are responsible for a lot of business! They help keep Bollinger Shipyards’ operations going, and they also cover territory across southern Louisiana. Kenny rents out equipment, Cody is in charge of repairs, and Adrian ensures the equipment is in tip-top shape before it leaves for a jobsite. 


Kenny Pellegrin

Kenny is our Onsite Rental Coordinator. He’s been with Hugg & Hall for almost two years.

Kenny Pellegrin with his family.

A Louisiana native, Kenny has a strong connection to the culture and land. He grew up in Houma, and his great-grandpa on his mom’s side was once chief of the United Houma Nation tribe. “I love how unique south Louisiana is, with all the cultures and traditions that have been around since well before my time.” 

At Hugg & Hall, Kenny’s primary responsibility is to make sure Bollinger has the necessary equipment and service to get their jobs done in a timely manner. “The most interesting thing about my job is the many duties everyone at this location does on a daily basis. We take on so many roles to get the job done.” 

Kenny said that one of his favorite things about working at Hugg & Hall is “knowing I’ll eventually get to visit every branch to see how everywhere else operates, and getting to meet different people from different departments.” 

Outside of work, Kenny enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. He loves to hunt and fish, and he coaches a travel softball team. He also spends a lot of time hanging out with his family.


Cody Danielson

Cody is our Rental Equipment Field Technician for Amelia and has been with Hugg & Hall for almost a year. 

Cody Danielson

Originally, Cody hails from Nacogdoches, Texas. He moved to Louisiana with his wife and two kids.

As a kid, Cody got to experience a lot of the continental U.S. because of his dad’s military service. Throughout his childhood, Cody lived in Texas, California, Illinois, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Mississippi! 

Cody starts his day by giving the shop a good deep clean before the shipyard opens and starts working. “Next, I work on down equipment at the shop, and when a service call comes in, I go and get the customer back up and running.” 

When he’s not fixing up equipment at Hugg & Hall, he’s a family man first and foremost. You can usually find Cody spending time with his family in his free time. 


Adrian Francis

Adrian is a Rental Equipment Inspector who works in both our Amelia and Houma branches. He’s been with Hugg & Hall for a year. Adrian Francis

A Chauvin resident, Adrian loves the area he lives in. He said that the people, the community, and the seafood have kept him living happily in Louisiana. 

As Rental Equipment Inspector, Adrian helps keep jobsites moving. “I inspect all equipment coming in or out and make sure it’s rent-ready for customers.” He said that the most interesting part of his job is getting to operate different equipment on a daily basis. 

Outside of the office, Adrian is a middle school football coach and flag football player. He also loves to spend time with his family and friends. Before his grandpa passed, Adrian used to sit with him and listen to stories about his grandpa’s military service in Desert Storm. 

His favorite thing about working for Hugg & Hall is “getting to come into work and work around some great and helpful people.” 


We’re proud of our Amelia branch employees! Thank you for all the hard work you do every day! 

Want to read more about our awesome employees? Check out our employee spotlights page

How to Protect Your Hearing on Construction Sites

What’s new: 14% of construction workers develop hearing loss on the jobsite.

Why it matters: even mild hearing loss could double your risk of dementia.


What causes hearing loss?

Noise levels above 85 decibels (ex. an idling motorcycle) can damage your hearing. 

The longer you’re exposed to noises at or above 85 decibels, the greater the risk of hearing damage. Extended exposure causes even more damage. 

The constantly loud atmosphere of a construction site puts you at greater risk for hearing loss. 


What are the results of hearing loss?

Hearing loss is frustrating for people who have it, and for their loved ones.

It’s also expensive. Even if you have health insurance, hearing aids can put you under serious financial strain. 


And there’s an even greater risk.

In a hearing loss study from Johns Hopkins, Dr. Frank Lin found that mild hearing loss may double the risk of dementia.

In this study, researchers found that people with severe hearing impairment were five times more likely to develop dementia than someone with no hearing loss


There are a couple of reasons why hearing loss may contribute to dementia

  • Hearing loss can lead to social isolation. Social engagement is a huge part of remaining intellectually stimulated. 
  • Your brain may have to work harder to process sound. If your brain is straining to hear and fill in gaps, it can come at the expense of your memory systems. 
  • You may not be able to pick up subtle sounds that help with balance. Your hearing helps you orient yourself in your environment. Without being able to hear these cues, your brain can lose this ability. 


How can you protect your hearing in construction?

Like a lot of construction site safety, you may have to take hearing protection into your own hands. It’s an unfortunate reality: your jobsite probably won’t provide hearing protection or invest in quieter machinery. 

If you are a decision-maker on your jobsite, consider renting or purchasing electric equipment (rather than gas- or diesel-powered). It’s usually quieter and will put less strain on everyone’s ears. 


The easiest way to protect your hearing is to invest in hearing protection. Both earplugs and earmuffs can reduce the sound level by up to 34 decibels when worn correctly. 

Since you’re exposed to unsafe noise levels at work, be sure to limit unsafe noise levels outside of work.

  • If you are going to be in a loud environment (like a concert, restaurant, club, movie theater, etc.), make sure you wear hearing protection there as well. 
  • Reduce the volume of your TV and turn on captions. 
  • Turn down your headphones when you listen to music or talk on the phone.


What type of hearing protection should you look for in construction?

Did you know Hugg & Hall’s Parts team sells ANSI-rated hearing protection? Check out section 2.09 of this catalog: Safety Equipment.


Earplugs and earmuffs are your best option. Earplugs typically offer better protection than earmuffs (since they sit in the ear canal instead of over the ear). They’re also easily compatible with other types of PPE.

Don’t rule out earmuffs, though. If your earmuffs meet ANSI requirements, they’ll have a Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) of 30-34. Some earmuffs can even attach to a hard hat, making them compatible with your PPE.

The highest NRR for earplugs and earmuffs is 33-34. Your best bet, when you’re around equipment above 120 decibels, is to wear both earmuffs and earplugs.


Unfortunately, even highly rated NRR products aren’t going to completely protect your hearing in very loud environments. If you’re around a 130-decibel jackhammer, you’re still going to be above the threshold for hearing damage. That’s why it’s so important to minimize your exposure to loud noises outside of work. 

Even though you may not be completely protected, it’s still important to wear hearing protection. Damage gets exponentially worse at louder levels of noise, so you’ll deal with less hearing damage if you wear earplugs or earmuffs. 

The cheapest effective earplugs start around $25 (at time of publishing). It’s up to you to decide what’s best for you. 


Foam earplugs 

If you’re going with foam earplugs, make sure you’re looking for a high NRR. Standard foam earplugs only have an NRR of around 20. Certain brands, like SparkPlugs, have an NRR of 30+. 


      • Budget-friendly
      • Disposable
      • Does not require charging


      • Must check brand for NRR rating
      • Must buy in bulk 
      • Not a reusable or sustainable product



Earmuffs offer over-the-ear protection. The best earmuffs offer an NRR of 34. 


      • Won’t cause ear canal fatigue 
      • Higher NRR than many earplugs


      • Can be difficult to use with other PPE (unless you purchase earmuffs compatible with a hard hat) 
      • May cause headaches from pressing on the ears and head


Moldable earplugs

Most moldable earplugs have an NRR of 25-30 decibels. 


      • Budget-friendly
      • Does not require charging
      • Molds to fit your ears, limiting ear canal fatigue


      • Insufficient NRR for protection against sounds at the top end of the spectrum


Passive noise-cancelling earplugs

These earplugs aren’t moldable, but typically have layers of dense, sound-absorbing material. You can expect these earplugs to have an NRR of about 33 decibels.


      • Budget-friendly 
      • Do not require charging 


      • Won’t offer as high an NRR as active noise-cancelling earplugs
      • Must achieve a proper seal for them to work properly, so you’ll have to find the right size and fit


Active noise-cancelling earplugs and earmuffs

These earplugs and earmuffs don’t just block noise. They have microphones that pick up ambient sounds and internal processors that generate sound waves of the opposite phase. Most will even suppress loud impact noise to a safe level (82 decibels). 

The real draw of active noise-cancelling technology is that it won’t suppress important communication, like alarms or voices. It “listens” to the noise around you and cuts out the loudest sounds, protecting your hearing without cutting you off from the world. 

Most noise-cancelling earplugs have an NRR of 33-34, and most noise-cancelling earmuffs have an NRR of 30-32. 


      • Easy to hear what’s happening in your environment 
      • Don’t need to be removed for you to communicate with others


      • Expensive
      • Require charging



  • Protecting your hearing can minimize your risk of dementia. 
  • Wearing ear protection is the easiest way to protect your hearing. 
  • Even the best earplugs won’t completely protect you from very loud noises. It’s important to limit your time in loud environments. 
  • You can help protect your hearing by minimizing noise outside of the job.