Terracon’s team was recognized for the development of a tool, known as the YankMeister 3000 (YM3000) pin puller, that reduces the potential of back or wrist strains from pulling nuclear density gauge pins. This new tool helps reduce fatigue, increases technician productivity, increases data quality and improves morale.
Senior Industrial hygienist, Mike Meister, CIH, CSP, of Terracon’s Cincinnati office, developed the tool after observing and recognizing the hazards to the employees due to their awkward postures and excessive pulling forces needed to pull pins with the old, manufacturer provided pin puller. The YM3000 pin puller allows employees to retain good ergonomic posture and use the stronger muscles of the legs when pulling pins from the ground for soil density readings. The tool was made and tested locally, reviewed by ergonomics specialists, and tested by field staff, supervisors, and safety professionals.
“The improvement process is pretty simple,” Mike Meister remarked. “Just talk to workers about what is the most strenuous part of their job, then get creative and find alternatives that reduce those stresses. Then repeat”. It’s part of Continuous Improvement and how we demonstrate care and concern for our employees.