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Workplace design for a worker with a mental handicap


The company with its 20 employees produced blades and chopper knives for harvesting machines and garden shredder. The employer intends to terminate a severely disabled employees and requested the integration office the appropriate consent.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The man is mentally handicapped. It should not be used for complex activities with complex tasks that require increased cognitive skills (learning ability, learning, etc.).


The man works as a production assistant for his employer.

Workplace and duties (actual status):

The pre-cut 100 gram raw parts are modified by grinding and forging in the form that they become blades. A subsequent heat treatment, the blades will then receive their wear resistance. After completion of each blade they are riveted to appropriate cutter bar, then leaving as serviceable cutting tools operation.
The employee is employed at the end of the blade production. After the last grinding operation it sets the blades in a centrifuge, and starts the spinning operation in order to remove the moisture and to dry the blade. The second step to be performed by him is the deburring of these blades on a bench grinder and painting the finished blades with clear coat again by means of a centrifuge. The activity of the producing helper is a high manual effort (in terms of efficiency and quality) associated with unfavorable working conditions and high physical stress. For one, he very often has to bend over to pick up and store the parts, on the other hand its working position when the brush is very unfavorable, ie He sits above a longer period of time with very strong knees bent and forward flexed upper body before editing brush. In addition, he must also at relatively low individual weights considerable amounts of material per day move

Workplace and duties (desired status):

The employer is contemplating a new machining center for the operations of grinding, drying and brushing use. At the processing center and the production workers could be employed more economically and with the least physical stress. At the processing center, production assistant should insert the prepared blades in magazines and start the automatic processing operation by a switch or button. After processing, the production assistant should place the blades only into containers. When you insert the blade into the magazines and laid in the container of the employee contributes cut resistant gloves. The containers are available during the sorting on a scissor lift that allows ergonomic positioning and removal for painting.

work environment:

The man has no driver's license and lives with his parents. At work, he is driven by his colleagues and then brought back.

Assistive devices used:

lifting and positioning systems (Scissor)


The Integration Office granted the employer a subsidy of 20% to secure the work of the severely disabled employee. A termination could be avoided.
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  • risk of accident /
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  • scissor-leg lifting table /
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  • assistance /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
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  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • personal protection equipment /
  • lifting table /
  • learning and knowledge application /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • soft skills and social behaviour /
  • metal /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • intellectual disability /
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  • learning /
  • remembering /
  • mental work /
  • independence /
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  • technical advice /
  • assistive product

update status: 12.07.2010

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