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Awarded worksite redesign grants

Below is a list of Oregon companies who received Worksite Redesign grants from the Worksite Redesign Program which existed from 1995-2001. This former program offered research and development, and product grants to employers; employer groups; employee groups; and educational institutions/organizations to address workplace safety, health, and ergonomic problems.

We have included the contact person's name, address, and phone number. Also included are brief descriptions of each project. This list is presented in an effort to encourage companies to make use of these solutions in their workplace. Everything presented here is public domain property, and is available for use or modification by anyone.

If you have questions about a specific project that might be answered by a grantee, please feel free to contact anyone on the list.

Access Ability Inc. (2 projects)

Gale Schmidt, President
4015 SE 56th Ave.
Portland, OR 97206
(503) 771-2000\

Access Ability Inc. will develop two different prototypes.

  1. The panel mover prototype will assist an individual worker vertically moving and processing 4x8 foot sheet of MBO plywood
    (see the details of this completed project.)
  2. The welding manipulator prototype will assist workers by securing and rotating a variety of component parts that require welding and grinding to complete the fabrication of modular handicap access ramps and handrails
    (see the details of this completed project.).

Bettencourt Transportation Services

Harold R. Bettencourt, President
PO Box 1585
Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 267-5630

Bettencourt Transportation Services created an appropriate floor surfacing material to prevent slips and falls in an environment with heavy vehicle maintenance activities.

Boyd Coffee Company

Jerry Vawter, Coffee Production Manager
19730 NE Sandy Blvd.
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 669-5412\

Boyd Coffee Company is addressing the upper extremity problems associated with repetitive movements while packing bags of coffee into cases, and has developed an automated case packing system. See the Packworld article on this project.

Brian's Cabinets

Milo Kincaid, General Manager
61527 American Loop
Bend, OR 97702
(541) 382-3773

Brian's Cabinets manufactures and installs cabinets for residential and commercial markets. They will design and build dolley equipment to reduce the ergonomic impact on workers moving cabinets.

Cascade Steel Rolling Mills Inc.

Sue Benoit, Health & Safety Manager
3200 N. Hwy 99W
PO Box 687
McMinnville, OR 97128
(503) 434-3280

Cascade Steel Rolling Mills Inc. will develop prototype equipment expanding the use of scissors lift technology to assist workers "Brickers" who install approximately 1,300 fire resistant bricks in ladles used to melt scrap steel. The prototype equipment will incorporate the use of adjustable floor heights that can rotate while workers are installing new 20-25 pound fire resistant bricks in "ladles" that are 10 foot wide and 10 foot deep
(see the details of this completed project.)

Costco (2 projects)

Dale Anderson
999 Lake Drive
Issaquah, WA 97027
(425) 313-8545

  1. Tire Center - is developing a mechanical assist for positioning tires to prevent low back injuries.  
  2. Bakery - is redesigning cake decorating operations to prevent hand and wrist injuries and illnesses associated with repetitive exertions while squeezing flexible icing containers. 

Danner Shoe Manufacturing Co.

Dan Bennett
12722 NE Airport Way
Portland, OR 97230
(503) 251-1100

Danner Shoe Manufacturing has developed equipment and a method that reduced injury risk to shoemakers who are involved with the toe opening and midsole attachment process

Durametal Corporation

Hans Harper, Project Engineer
9560 SW Herman Rd.
Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 692-0850

Durametal Corporation developed a solution to reduce excessive noise levels from vibrators in a casting operation. The noise levels have been dramatically reduced.

Electronics Assemblers Inc. (2 projects)

Howard Marquis, President
PO Box 664
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-3227 Ext 201

Electronics Assemblers Inc. primarily manufacturers cable and wire harness assemblies.

  1. They will design and produce a bench-top system that will eliminate repetitive wrist and finger motion and high-temperature heat associated with the heat shrinking process
    (see the details of this completed project.)
  2. Will develop mechanized equipment that will eliminate repetitive motion in the wire stripping process
    (see the details of this completed project.)

ESCO Corporation (2 projects)

Patricia Bishop, Supervisor of Health Services
ESCO Corporation
2141 NW 25th Ave.
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 778-6555

Has redesigned a metal parts packaging operation to prevent low back injuries
(see the details of this completed project.)

Will redesign hazardous jobs in the pouring and shake-out department
(see the details of this completed project, the pre-ergonomic assessment and the post-ergonomic assessment.)

Gunderson Inc.

Greg Miller, Health & Wellness Coordinator
Chester Krushel, Support Fabrications Superintendent
4350 NW Front Ave.
Portland, OR 97210
(503) 972-5722

Gunderson will develop a mobile heavy weight capacity scissors lift to prevent upper extremity and low back injuries associated with handling heavy steel parts in awkward postures (see the details of this completed project.)

Hamann Angus Ranch

Pete Nilsson, Sole Proprietor
65985 Oregon Hwy 237
LaGrande, OR 97850
(541) 963-8173

Hamann Angus Ranch is a third generation family farm. They will be designing and building equipment to mechanically assist truck drivers and reduce injuries resulting from raising and lowering landing gear when coupling and uncoupling mint trailers from fifth wheel trucks (See the details of this completed project.)

Hewlett Packard (2 projects)

Daryl Meekins, Ergonomics Engineer
1000 Circle Blvd.
Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 715-5363

  1. has reduced the risk of ergonomic injuries arising from lifting 400 lb. heater by developing a special lift
    (See the details of this completed project.)
  2. will design, test and produce a semiconductor wafer cassette rotator that can be used with existing equipment. The project will ultimately prevent the manual rotation of cassettes which is one of the greatest causes of cumulative trauma disorders in the semiconductor industry
    (See the details of this completed project.)

Kaiser Permanente

Tara Ness, Manager Employee Health & Safety Services
2701 NW Vaughn St., Ste. 150
Portland, OR 97210-5398
(503) 721-3955

Kaiser Permanente an effective safe phlebotomy workstation has been developed to prevent injuries such as needle sticks and sprains and strains while drawing blood.
Kaisers final report on this project. (PDF)

KDM Incorporated

Leslie I Kaufman, President
2435 SW Timberline Drive
Portland, OR 97225
(503) 292-0721

KDM Incorporated is a manufacturing company that primarily services the dental industry. They will research and design an arm system with advanced vertical/horizontal movement that can be extended and retracted

Lamb-Weston Inc.

Christa Vincent, Health & Safety Supervisor
PO Box 109
Weston, OR 97886
(541) 566-3511

Lamb-Weston Inc. (an Oregon food processor) will develop and install prototype equipment to minimize the manual handling of food product on the "bulk pack" line. The prototype equipment will drop boxes five at a time. This solution will make it possible for workers to eliminate an average of 9440 repetitive motion sequences during an eight hour shift.

Luhr-Jensen & Sons Inc. (2 projects)

David Lind, Supervisor of Engineering
PO Box 297
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-3811

  1. (A fishing tackle manufacturer located in Hood River, OR) was awarded a grant to develop a prototype device that will dispense "paste solders" upon demand. The proposed solution will no longer require employees to manually handle "stick solder" and "acid flux" during the lure manufacturing process (see the details of this completed project.)
  2. They will also develop a prototype device that will grip, extend, twist and weld the weld ring on lures (see the details of this completed project.)

Metro Regional Environmental Management Department

Sally Koch, Senior Safety Analyst
600 NE Grand Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 797-1853

Metro Regional Environmental operates two permanent hazardous waste collections facilities and off-site collection activities. They will automate the processing of flammable paints and solvents.

Multnomah County Animal Shelter

Mary Boyer, Workers' Compensation Specialist
PO Box 14700
Portland, OR 97214-0700
(503) 248-5190

Multnomah County Animal Shelter developed an animal handling system to prevent muscular strains and sprains while handling and moving animals. 
Multnomah County Animal Shelter final report. (PDF)

Office of Developmental Disabilities

Gerry Stolp, Housing Specialist
2575 Bittern Street NE
Salem, OR 97301-3882
(503) 945-9835

Oregon Disability Division has evaluated the best set up for group homes to accommodate disabled persons and reduce ergonomic and safety risks to employees. Hard copies of the Technical Assistance Manual are available free of charge, while supplies last from the OR-OSHA Resource Center. To request a copy contact, Tech Web.Office of Developmental Disabilities final report. (Web site)

Oregon Cutting Systems

Mark Lamey
PO Box 22127
Portland, OR 97269-2127
(503) 653-4266

Oregon Cutting Systems is developing an automated system to load chain saw guide bars on a paint line hook to prevent repetitive movements, static posture and resulting injuries.   Final report on this project. (PDF)

Oregon Public Education Network

Tom Cook, Director of OPEN
PO Box 228
Marylhurst, OR 97036-0228
(503) 675-4065

Oregon Public Education Network CERGOS "Computer ergonomics in schools." Purpose: To prevent injuries and illnesses associated with computer use in the workplace, by teaching appropriate ergonomic habits to students before they enter the workplace.

Oregon State University, Forest Engineering Department (3 projects)

Dr John Garland
Dr John Sessions
213 Peavy Hall
Corvallis, OR 97331-5706
(541) 737-4952

  1. Plans to test the feasibility of using synthetic rope as a replacement for some wire rope applications in logging.
  2. Provide operational testing of synthetic rope used in static lines for logging to assess the wear and damage associated with using these ropes.
  3. Research and develop suitable end connectors for synthetic rope.
    (see the details of this completed project, and photos.)

Oregon Association of Nurserymen

Rita Snyder, Chair Ergo Subcommittee of OAN
2780 SE Harrison, Ste. 102
Milwaukie, OR 97222
(503) 653-8733

Oregon Association of Nurserymen has identified preferred tools and power sources for pruning and will investigate other optional attachments to prevent repetitive motion injuries.

PECO Manufacturing Co. Inc.

Wayne Beck, Manufacturing Engineer
PO Box 82189
Portland, OR 97282-0189
(503) 233-6401

PECO Manufacturing Co Inc, Sunne Controls Division is a custom manufacturer dedicated to making thermostat controls for residential, restaurant and industrial applications. They will be designing and building equipment to reduce the risk of repetitive wrist and finger motion injuries associated with setting thermal calibrations (see the details of this completed project.).

PED Manufacturing Ltd.

Dave Howell, Resource Manager
PO Box 1990
Oregon City, OR 97045
(503) 977-8145

PED Manufacturing Ltd. produces high-specification investment castings for the medical, pump & compressor, commercial/forest products, military and aerospace markets. Currently employees use a "vertical friction band saw" and "brute physical force' to cut "runners" and "gating" from exotic alloy investment castings. The prototype solution will develop equipment that will mechanically feed castings through the cutting process (see the details of this completed project.)

Pioneer Cut Stock Inc.

Gerry Gerlach, Human Resource Manager
PO Box 340
Prinville, OR 97754
(541) 447-5962

Pioneer Cut Stock Inc. proposes to institute an Ergonomic Material Delivery System on a wood processing operation to improve ergonomics and efficiency. The solution plans to reduce or eliminate many of the strains, sprains and repetitive motion injuries by combining separate processes, automation, and innovation.

Portland Marble Works Inc.

Mike McCurdy, President
2021 SE 11th Ave.
Portland, OR 97333
(503) 235-9240

Portland Marble Works Inc. is developing an adjustable work table that can be raised, indexed and tilted, to improve the ergonomics of the edge finishing operation on marble products (see the details of this completed project.)

Powder Coat Specialties LLC

Rick Kosta, General Manager
PO Box 1146
Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 624-1904

Powder Coat Specialties LLC is a high quality, custom powder coating job shop. They are designing and building a cart that will reduce and eliminate ergonomic problems associated with assembly, racking and unracking.

Professional Mechanical

Mark LaDue, President
6435 Old Salem Rd.
Albany, OR 97321
(541) 928-7782

Professional Mechanical has developed a prototype mechanical assist for pipe welders. The outcome has addressed exposure to heat, smoke, fume, ultra violet radiation, material handling and ventilation.


Terry Elstad, General Manager
5602 NE Skyport Way
Portland, OR 97218
(503) 288-9898

Roadmaster's project addresses grinder noise reduction in the metal fabrication industry. The desired outcome is to reduce noise in the plant environment by using quieter tools, isolating the noisy processes, and making modifications to the overall plant environment.
Roadmasters final report. (PDF)

Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc.

Linda Barno, Assistant Safety & Loss Control Manager
PO Box 10047
Portland, OR 97296-0047
(503) 286-6935

Schnitzer Steel Products will develop prototype equipment that permits workers of different heights, while standing on catwalks, to individually adjust the floor height of their assigned work stations. This equipment should have a wide range of application in the manufacturing and food processing industries. It is anticipated that the adjustable floor unit will have a low profile that can be installed as part of a fixed workstation or quickly moved to different location in the workplace with a pallet-jack, as operational needs change (see the details of this completed project.)

S.D. Deacon Corporation of Oregon

Frank Upham, Safety Director
PO Box 25392
Portland, OR 97298
(503) 297-8791

S.D. Deacon Corporation of Oregon is a general contractor for construction. They will be researching to development and provide engineered solutions for bracing concrete walls during construction (see the details of this completed project.)

Shangri-La Corporation (2 projects)

Dana Vanhaverbeke, Project Director
680 Cottage St. NE
Salem, OR 97301-2412
(503) 581-1732

  1. Has developed an automated nailing system to prevent injuries from nail guns.
  2. Will develop prototype equipment that will combine a variety of scissors lift functions. In addition to having a hoisting device that can be adjusted for height and rotated while supporting a 3000 pound load, the top surface of the prototype will be able to be tilted to side and rear to improve the product stacking activities (see the details of this completed project.)

Spirit Mountain Gaming

Debbie Larsen, Safety Specialist
PO Box 39
Grand Ronde, OR 97347
(503) 879-2350

Spirit Mountain Gaming's project of games table redesign will reduce the dealers risk of ergonomic injuries while dealing cards.

Sprague Control Inc.

Troy Walker, Manufacturing Engineer
1140 NW 3rd Ave.
Canby, OR 97013
(503) 263-0554

Sprague Control Inc. will develop a means to automatically test heating/air and ventilation control units to prevent repetitive motion injuries. Sprague Control Inc. final report(PDF)

SWO Inc.

Kellie Winchester, VP/Owner
19632 SW 90th Court
Tualatin, OR 97062
(503) 692-1796

SWO Inc is developing a small powered punch press mounted on an adjustable base. This project is intended to serve as a model for the development of a wide variety of adjustable based tools that can be used for cutting and forming metal parts.

Taylor Metal Products

Janet Taylor, President
PO Box 13999
Salem, OR 97309
(503) 581-8338

Taylor Metal Products designed a truck/crane setup to remove large panels of metal roofing from flatbed trucks.

Tri Met

Harry Saporta, Manager System Safety Program
4012 SE 17th Ave.
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 238-4943

Tri-Met developed a durable ergonomic seating for drivers. The purpose is to prevent low back injuries associated with ill-fitting or inadequate bus driver seating.
Tri Mets final report. (PDF)

Vanguard Technologies Inc (2 projects)

Stephen Kujawa, President
29495 Airport Rd.
Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 461-6020

  1. Will develop and build an adjustable mobile lifting device that can be used to move, raise and insert heat exchanger coils into heater shells. This project is intended to serve as a model for the development of a wide variety of adjustable devices that can be used to assemble manufactured products (Pre-assesment of ergonomics of the task and a post project ergonomics assessment of the task.)
  2. Vanguard will develop equipment that will mechanically apply force to bend copper tubing around the winding mandrel.

Washington County-Emergency Dispatch

Larry Hatch, Assistant Director
John Hartsock, Project Manager
17911 NW Evergreen Pkwy.
Beaverton, OR 97006
(503) 780-4806

Washington County-Emergency Dispatch has redesigned the call taker/dispatch area to prevent back, neck and upper extremity injuries associated with awkward postures in the dispatch and call taking tasks.

Wood Products Competitiveness Corp.

Phil Johnson, Human Resource Manager
3787 W 1st Ave.
Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 687-0213

Wood Products Competitiveness Corp. developed a new product called the Auto Loader to help load and move wood products allowing employees to maintain proper ergonomic posture. This product was delivered to hundreds of similar Oregon industries and used in many applications.

Woodfold Marco Mfg.

Kevin Emerick
PO Box 346
Forest Grove, OR 97116
(503) 357-7181

Woodfold Marco Mfg. produced an automated hinge applicator which prevents repetitive and forceful upper extremity movements while assembling doors.
Woodfold Marco Manufacturing final report. (PDF)