A team of employees at John Deere Thibodaux (Louisiana) developed a device used to lift parts in and out of sugar cane harvesting equipment for repair and service.
One reason John Deere employees are so safe on the job is the company's attention to ergonomics, the design of work and workstations to reduce health problems caused by overuse of muscles, bad posture, and repetitive tasks.
John Deere ergonomics specialists show off some of their best workplace improvements every year in an award competition. Factories compete in the contest and share creative solutions to problems.
At the 2013 contest, ergonomics specialists from 24 John Deere units presented success stories and best practices, which were rated for innovation, simplicity, risk reduction, and business benefits.
For the second year in a row, the winner was John Deere Thibodaux (Louisiana), where a team developed a device used to lift parts in and out of sugar cane harvesting equipment for repair and service.
After the device is attached to a part, a counterweight is adjusted to balance the part as it is lifted to or from the equipment. The device makes it easy for one person to do the job.
Previously, employees would have to lift heavy, awkward parts out of cramped spaces. In some cases, it would take two or three people to get the job done.
The new device helps reduce the risk of shoulder, neck, back, leg, wrist, and hand injuries.