Using your brains (and feet) in Region 5

Maintenance crews in Pendleton found a way to open doors hands-free to reduce exposure to our crews.
Maintenance crews in Pendleton found a way to open doors hands-free to reduce exposure to our crews.

Pendleton Maintenance crew members drew inspiration from their colleagues in the Baker crew, who fashioned a door handle that could be opened using your arm instead of your hands. It was a small step but a good one in helping keep everyone safe in the era of COVID-19.

“We were getting ready for our day, meeting just before 6 a.m., and everyone was talking about Baker and saying, ‘What can we do?’” explained Robert Cash, Pendleton Transportation Maintenance manager. Then the crew headed out for a day of brush-cutting and ditching.

After Cash finished his daily paperwork, he went out to the shop – and that’s when he thought about… his feet. If he could open the door with his foot, he wouldn’t have to touch the handle.

“I spent a couple of hours, trial and error, until I got it just the way I liked it,” he said. Cash is referring to a foot-lever he created for opening doors.

“It’s working great,” said Cash. “I keep getting asked when I’m going to install it on all the doors.”

To learn more about his creation, contact Cash at Robert.C.Cash@odot.state.or.us.