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Workplace design for a welder with hemiplegia and spinal complaints

Employer:

The employer is a subcontractor to the automotive industry with 1,200 employees

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

A neonatal damage to the brain led the man to a vast paralysis of the right half of the body (hemiplegia). With the right arm and right hand, he can perform only light lifting or carrying work. The one-sided stress on the left half of the body, especially of the left shoulder-arm system, already leads to spinal disorders. It should therefore not be used for activities that require frequent bending, lifting or carrying loads. The degree of handicap (degree of disability) is 50

Education and work:

The man is a trained welder and worked for many years in his apprenticeship with the employer

Workplace and work duties:

The man works at a welding job or in a Welding booth with smoke extraction who enter through a special lamella curtain and can be left. The welding booth with the special curtain protects the colleagues before the arc during welding. The workpieces to be welded are in sight storage boxes and transported into the welding booth by means of mini-lift (small truck). The Mini Lift has a tiltable to the front platform, which allows an ergonomic removal of the welded workpieces from the warehouse bins in a standing or sitting posture. With a further Minilift apparatus required for the welding is brought from the storage rack, in which the platform is positioned on the discharge amount, and the apparatus is moved from the rack to the platform. The welding device is attached to the adjustable welding table with tiltable tabletop and brought to weld in an ergonomic position. At the welding table also contains a swinging arm for holding the protective shield during welding and a holder for the welding gun. The welding can be carried out in a standing or sitting posture. For welding in a sitting posture is the welder a height adjustable work chair with synchronous mechanism and back support in the lumbar area available, which enables a dynamic seats and a permanent contact between back and backrest. The synchro mechanism ensures that stand in any seating position to each other, the backrest and seat at an ideal angle. The mini lift with the welded workpieces is also used by the welder to transport the welded workpieces or view storage boxes to the next workstation for further processing.
The aids used (minilifter, welding table with welding gun holder / arm for the welding shield and ergonomic work chair) for disability-oriented design could compensate for the reduced efficiency and increased load through the load handling

Assistive devices used:

workbenches, welding tables, assembly tables and packing tables (welding tables)
work and office chairs
hand-operated pallet truck
tool for fixing and positioning of workpieces and tools
personal protective equipment (welding mask)
air cleaners
safety devices for the workplace and the working environment

Support:

The disability-friendly design was sponsored by the Integration Office
In REHADAT you will also find the addresses and telephone numbers of the offices for integration..



Id-No.:

Pb/110666


  • physical disability /
  • welding /
  • smoke /
  • weld smoke /
  • welding table /
  • transport /
  • material /
  • material transport /
  • transport aid /
  • transport device /
  • positioning aid /
  • lift truck /
  • welder /
  • lifting aid /
  • lifting device /
  • working equipment /
  • smoke outlet /
  • suction equipment /
  • dust extraction /
  • work chair /
  • chair /
  • pallet /
  • fork-lift truck /
  • fork-lift truck /
  • air cleaner /
  • welding protection /
  • small stacker /
  • welding device /
  • device /
  • swivel arm /
  • view storage box /
  • storage box /
  • container /
  • worktable /
  • table /
  • suction device /
  • gas /
  • gas,steam,dust /
  • welding shields /
  • Welding protection curtain /
  • work task /
  • handling /
  • working performance /
  • reduced working capacity /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • lighting /
  • dangerous substance /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • paralysis /
  • brain /
  • shoulder /
  • arm /
  • hand /
  • spine /
  • respiratory protection /
  • safety /
  • EASTIN /
  • handling and transport /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • metal /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • hand impairment /
  • arm impairment /
  • back illness /
  • brain damage /
  • hemiplegia /
  • arm paralysis /
  • production /
  • industry /
  • gripping /
  • holding /
  • body posture /
  • standing /
  • lifting /
  • carrying /
  • rate of work /
  • finger hand movement /
  • reaching area /
  • body load /
  • sitting /
  • shoulder arm movement /
  • bending /
  • workplace design /
  • industrial safety /
  • technical advice /
  • assistive product


update status: 27.01.2010


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