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CASS: Equipment Training for Students

At Hugg & Hall, we pride ourselves on not only our high levels of customer service through our parts, rental, and service departments, but also through our training programs. We care about the future of the skilled trade workforce, which is why we offer equipment training and certifications for students who are at least 18 years old. 

High School Students Learn Skilled Trades

“CASS”, a.k.a the Career Academy of Siloam Springs strives to encourage students to become skilled workers before graduating High School. Students in this program are able to complete hands on learning and instructional courses taught by professionals in the business during their High School years. Thanks to the opportunities CASS offers, these students will be able to succeed at having a career in a local manufacturing plant, such as Simmons Foods, or Tyson, immediately after graduation.

CASS works with local companies to provide various kinds of equipment training for their students. Opportunities for students in this program have included courses in welding, HVAC, electrical, and even trucking! Because many students graduate and go on to study at universities, skilled workers and laborers are in short supply. The CASS program encourages change and produce groups of young skilled workers who are excited to learn a skilled trade! 

To learn more about the CASS program, visit their Facebook page, here

Hugg &Hall Hosts CASS for Student Lift Training

The Siloam Springs CASS program has trusted Hugg & Hall to provide equipment training for their students for the last 4 years. Hugg & Hall has also provided student training for programs in Berryville as well as Clarksville for the last several years. At the end of April, ten students attended courses at our Springdale, AR location to be trained on safe forklift and aerial lift operations. Warehouse and manufacturing operations covet these skills from potential workers.

Students attended an in depth instructional course in our training room each morning with professional trainer and certified operator, Bob Hendricks. After their classroom instruction, the students stepped outside to receive hands on forklift operations training and aerial lift training. Thanks to our training department, these students have officially completed and passed the courses. Because of the high standard of quality assurance Hugg & Hall has, the students are able to state to companies that they can safely and certifiably operate these pieces of machinery.

“I love teaching young students! They come into class ready to learn as a blank slate. Sometimes when you teach those who have been in the business for a long time, getting them to unlearn bad habits can be difficult. Students who come into our training sessions are eager to learn and learn the right way.” – Bob Hendricks, trainer

 

Training with Hugg & Hall:

Hugg & Hall provides safety training for all of our equipment in order to keep you and your company OSHA compliant. Our Training Department commits themselves to exceeding OSHA’s stringent requirements; featuring experienced and highly trained instructors. Training is offered on warehouse, yard, and rough terrain forklifts, as well as aerial work platforms, Bobcat Equipment, and pedestrian training.

To learn more and book your next forklift operations training session, check out the Operator Training section of our website:

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7 Best Safety Features to Add to Your Forklift Today

7 Best Safety Features to Add to Your Forklift Today

Orange Seat Belt Option

A great safety feature for warehouse forklifts, large plants or any company concerned with tracking operator safety or monitoring safety procedures is the optional orange seat belt addition. Forklift owners can purchase the add-on part and easily install the feature which optimizes overall jobsite safety by creating accountability. The brightly colored seat belts also provide easy visibility for safety managers concerned with monitoring seat belt use and measuring safety procedure implementation.

LED Lighting

LED lights are a great option to consider when ruminating on improved safety as it relates to forklifts and industrial equipment. LED lights can be easily installed to forklift cabs and boast longer-lasting bulbs, a low-profile and brighter projections for more well-lit workplaces.

Left/Right Rear View Mirrors

A simple way to optimize forklift safety is to add left and/or right mirrors to forklift cabs which will enable rear view visibility and could potentially result in avoided accidents.

As approximately 1 in 10 forklifts are involved in an accident each year, according to an article published on Optimum Safety Management, any opportunity to improve forklift safety deserves thoughtful consideration.

Blue/Red Light

Blue/red lights can be added to machines which light up when operators are moving forward or in reverse. There are also lights which cast illuminated shapes on the ground which alert pedestrians to machines moving in the direction of  the light/shape.

This safety feature is ideal for high-volume areas, noisy workplaces or areas which regularly see heavy pedestrian traffic.

Fire Extinguisher

Attachable fire extinguishers can be added to forklift cabs in the event of an emergency. This is a simple way to make forklift operation in your workplace safer.

Track Lighting

Adding to the red/blue light option, there are track lighting options which illuminate forklift working areas so pedestrians/other operators know the parameters to avoid. These clear demarcations increase safety and track lighting features provide an efficient way to alert other workers of unsafe work zones.  

Clear Cab

If your machine will ever be operating outside or exposed to natural elements, the clear cab option offers great protection. The clear attachable roof protects forklift cabs from precipitation and other distracting/obstructing elements. The clear cab part is a particularly great safety feature for machines which will be frequently operated outdoors. 

Read our article on how to safely operate a forklift, here.