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Workplace layout for an employee with epilepsy on a press


The company produces ceiling, wall and floor elements industrially.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man has epilepsy. The occurrence of a seizure during working hours cannot be excluded. There is therefore an increased risk of accidents.

Training and job:

The man has not learned a profession. He was hired by the employer and works as a production assistant at the company.

Workplace and duties:

The employee was initially used in the production of double floor production to operate machines on trimming lines and gluing stations. This activity also included the use of a forklift - which, however, proved unsuitable for the employee due to a risk assessment carried out with the support of a technical adviser from the employment agency, as he did not operate or drive high-speed machines and vehicles (motor vehicles, forklifts, etc.) allowed to.

The man therefore worked on a trial basis at various workplaces in the company's production area in order to find a suitable job for him. This also included jobs in the area:
- the assembly of raised floor supports (i.e. the assembly of metal parts),
- High frequency projection welding (welding threaded pieces on base plates) and
- Eccentric press (punching various special parts).
The activities at the workplaces are easier jobs that can be carried out while sitting. The eccentric press must be operated continuously and is therefore a permanent job for the employee. At this workplace, however, a further risk assessment showed an increased risk of accidents (uncontrolled postures and movements during epilepsy-related seizures or due to dizziness). The serial equipment of the press with two hand control buttons (two-hand safety circuit) to start the pressing process is too unsafe and insufficient for the workplace due to disabilities. A light barrier must therefore be installed on the press to stop the press when the light beam is interrupted (by body parts). The employee also needs a height-adjustable seat aid on the press in order to maintain an ergonomically correct sitting position. The seat aid or the work chair must be adjustable in height and have a step-up aid.
In the event of a fall, he wears head protection to prevent head injuries and, in this case, a work mat is intended to dampen the fall.

Assistive devices used:

head protection
Work and office chairs
Workplace mats

Support and participation:

The employment agency promoted the design for disabled people. The advice was provided by the technical advice service of the employment agency.



  • seizure /
  • press /
  • eccentric press /
  • machine /
  • machine operation /
  • machine work /
  • machine operator /
  • production assistant /
  • capacity /
  • risk of accident /
  • prevention of accidents /
  • safety /
  • light barrier /
  • work chair /
  • chair /
  • working equipment /
  • work task /
  • assistance /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • brain /
  • EASTIN /
  • head protection /
  • personal protection equipment /
  • mat /
  • risk assessment /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • brain damage /
  • metal /
  • labour office /
  • epilepsy /
  • production /
  • industry /
  • psychological resilience /
  • body load /
  • climbing /
  • workplace design /
  • industrial safety /
  • technical advice /
  • vocational preparation /
  • assistive product /
  • work trial

update status: 27.06.2019

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