2013 Find It – Fix It Flashback: Goodyear Tire & Rubber
Goodyear Tire & Rubber’s Riesa, Germany plant received an honorable mention with its automated lifting and lowering device.
To change a liner roll, an operator had to lift, carry, and install it on a rack which caused awkward postures in the shoulders, neck, hands and wrists. The BEST score was 34; NIOSH was 3.5; and the Push and Pull force was 88.18 pounds.
The company fabricated an automated lifting and lowering device to handle the rolls. All awkward postures were eliminated and scores were reduced to zero.