Humantech's Find It - Fix It Challenge™ Awards Coca-Cola Refreshments Top
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 5, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Humantech, Inc. announced
Coca-Cola Refreshments as the winner of its seventh annual Find It – Fix It
Challenge during a live webinar Friday. The Find It – Fix It Challenge
recognizes simple and effective workplace solutions that increase
productivity, improve worker morale, and reduce workplace injuries and
illnesses. The contest was derived from Humantech's RAPID Team Events^®, which
are based on making quick, simple, visible changes to improve ergonomic issues
in the workplace. From over 180 entries received, representing 41 companies,
one winner was selected.
The Coca-Cola Refreshments Odwalla plant located in Dinuba, CA, took top
honors with its "Off-loading Fruit" entry. The improvement focused on
improving the posture of the worker responsible for off-loading fruit from the
shipment container to a collection bin.
Prior to the fix, a worker had to prop a door open using a shovel, to control
the flow of the fruit with one hand, while using the other hand to unlatch the
door and sweep the fruit out of the container and into the bin. To perform
this task, the employee was in a static, bent posture for ten minutes, six to
ten times a day.
To address this issue, Coca-Cola Refreshments team members built a tool using
spare pipe from their maintenance department. The tool allows the fruit to be
released without the hand support of the worker.
"The employee teams never cease to amaze me by their ingenuity and creativity
during our Ergo Kaizen (our Find It – Fix It) events. Not only did the
Odwalla team demonstrate a creative way to address risks, they showed a
palpable level of excitement with the project. Coca-Cola Refreshments'
commitment to continuously improve our jobs is a result of the employees'
excitement about ergonomics," says Bobbie Watts, corporate ergonomist with
View the recorded webinar announcing the winners and highlighting the 15
finalists. For additional information, visit
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