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
Access Ability Inc. will develop two different prototypes.
Bettencourt Transportation Services
Harold R. Bettencourt, President
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
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.
Milo Kincaid, General Manager
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
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
Costco (2 projects)
Danner Shoe Manufacturing Co.
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
Hans Harper, Project Engineer
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
Electronics Assemblers Inc. primarily manufacturers cable and wire harness assemblies.
ESCO Corporation (2 projects)
Patricia Bishop, Supervisor of Health Services
Has redesigned a metal parts packaging operation to prevent low back injuries
Greg Miller, Health & Wellness Coordinator
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
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
Tara Ness, Manager Employee Health & Safety Services
Kaiser Permanente an effective safe phlebotomy workstation has been developed to prevent injuries such as needle sticks and sprains and strains while drawing blood.
Leslie I Kaufman, President
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
Christa Vincent, Health & Safety Supervisor
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
Metro Regional Environmental Management Department
Sally Koch, Senior Safety Analyst
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
Multnomah County Animal Shelter developed an animal handling system to prevent muscular strains and sprains while handling and moving animals.
Office of Developmental Disabilities
Gerry Stolp, Housing Specialist
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
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
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
Oregon Association of Nurserymen
Rita Snyder, Chair Ergo Subcommittee of OAN
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Mark LaDue, President
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
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.
Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc.
Linda Barno, Assistant Safety & Loss Control Manager
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
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
Spirit Mountain Gaming
Debbie Larsen, Safety Specialist
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
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)
Kellie Winchester, VP/Owner
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
Taylor Metal Products designed a truck/crane setup to remove large panels of metal roofing from flatbed trucks.
Harry Saporta, Manager System Safety Program
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.
Vanguard Technologies Inc (2 projects)
Stephen Kujawa, President
Washington County-Emergency Dispatch
Larry Hatch, Assistant Director
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
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.
Woodfold Marco Mfg. produced an automated hinge applicator which prevents repetitive and forceful upper extremity movements while assembling doors.