Original Date: 02/28/2000
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Inventory Count Crews
Crane Army Ammunition Activity has moved away from the conventional approach to inventorying ammunition by embarking on a different approach to its inventory procedure. The Activity built a system of one-person inventory count crews and implemented important measures to maintain a safe environment for the employee.
Crane Army Ammunition Activity (CAAA) has moved away from the conventional approach to inventorying ammunition. Historically, inventorying ammunition meant two people per storage site, as is the norm for most depots. Working from an inventory list at each storage site, two people working together experienced some balancing delays between counting and recording. These tasks could be handled efficiently by one person, but the trend had been to use two people to do the job. As a result, much time was spent in breaking out the tasks between two people.
In 1987, CAAA embarked on a different approach to its inventory procedure by building a system of one-person inventory count crews. Important measures have been implemented to maintain a safe environment for the employee who takes inventory in a storage facility where two people had previously performed the work. More vehicles and radios are used to communicate between sites, and a check is performed every two hours to maintain contact with workers. Work leaders assist with ladders where needed, and help when problem doors prevent easy access.
Intermittent employees are used to performing CAAA’s ammunition inventory. These employees work nine months a year, and have been an integral part of this approach for the past five years. In the first year of one-person inventory crews, CAAA recorded more than $600,000 in man-hour savings. While inventorying certain munitions still requires two-person crews, the one-person count crew can be used in 90% of CAAA’s inventory process. Documented man-hour savings are important; however, the buddy system and improved communication are excellent benefits in the one-person inventory crew.
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