MUSKEGON — ADAC Automotive’s Keating plant in Muskegon has received an Ergonomic Innovation Award from the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration for an employee-generated project to prevent injuries.
MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski recently presented the award to Plant Superintendent Jesse Kalman and Environmental Manager Jake Rupert, who accepted the award on behalf of all employees. Paint line employees who were involved in the innovative idea also attended the ceremony and luncheon.
Rupert said some of the objects employees have to lift on and off the paint line at the Keating plant weigh from 40 to 50 pounds. The employees proposed the addition of a bypass rail that gives them a little more time for loading and unloading the line — which also allows time for use of a hoist.
Rupert said employee involvement is necessary to qualify for an Ergonomic Innovation Award — “which makes sense since they’re the ones that have to work with this every day. They’re liable to have a good solution to the problem.”
Rupert guessed that around 25 people work in the paint department where the change was made.
The MIOSHA Consultation Education and Training Division recognizes the safety and health achievements of Michigan employers and employees through CET Awards, which are based on excellent safety and health performance. The Ergonomic Innovation Award recognizes innovative ideas that have been implemented to reduce worker strain. The MIOSHA program is part of the Michigan Department of Labor & Economic Growth.
The ADAC Keating facility employs 300 workers, and its operations consist of plastic injection molding, paint and assembly. ADAC Automotive employs more than 800 at several plants in West Michigan and produces OEM equipment for automotive manufacturers and Tier One suppliers.