Quad/Graphics’ Saratoga Springs, NY plant took an honorable mention in the 2014 Find It – Fix It Challenge with its Adjusting Height of Caliper Wheel improvement.
To adjust the height of a caliper, the worker had to hold it in position with one hand while loosening the bolt with the other hand, which caused awkward postures (butts-up, horizontal distance, shoulders too high/low, and wash rag). The BEST score was 28 and the NIOSH Lifting Index was 3.7.
To eliminate awkward postures, the company mounted a wheel handle to the caliper assembly. This allowed the worker to adjust the height while standing. The BEST score was reduced to 6.4 and the NIOSH Lifting Index to 0.0.