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Retraining to become a truck driver and adaptation of the truck for the employee with arm amputation


The employer operates with its 50 employees and sand quarries, of which funded by size and sieved bulk materials (sand, gravel, etc.) also come with their own trucks to construction sites.

Disability and functional impairment of the employee:

By an accident at work, the man lost his right arm (loss of limbs). As early as the initial treatment in an Emergency Hospital of the professional association's medical, social and vocational rehabilitation was coordinated and accompanied by a rehabilitation manager of the professional association. This created this with all interested parties a rehabilitation plan. Two years after the accident at work the man was able to participate professionally so again.
The absence of the right arm and hand leads to limitations in the handling of goods, and operating controls and to a restricted area of ??reach. The actual right-had after the accident only with the help of occupational therapists learn his left hand for fine motor activities in private and professional use.


The employee was before his accident machine operator in a sand pit of the employer where the work injury occurred also. Conditional disability he could no longer carry out this activity and it was from rehab consultants a way wanted the man continued to deal with the employer. So the staff was retrained his inclinations, as well as technical and organizational possibilities according to truckers.

Workplace and task:

Then the man in the sand pit could no longer be used as a machine operator, the qualification has been tested and certified to drive a truck after a traffic expert medical reports. However, a prerequisite for use as a truck driver was initially the acquisition of the necessary driving license and a correspondingly converted vehicle. Therefore, the newly acquired companies from the car has an automatic transmission and is equipped with a steering wheel knob, so that it is single-handedly steered. The console to operate the dump truck was also moved to the left side.

Assistive devices used:

Motor vehicle accessories and adjustments for operating the steering

Promotion and participation:

Because of the accident at work, the medical, social and vocational rehabilitation was funded by the trade association. In terms of vocational rehabilitation of the driver's license and with disability remodeling of the truck were promoted. The Professional Association also paid to the employer an insertion allowance as wage subsidy to compensate for the beginning not so existing performance of the employee. A rehabilitation manager of the professional association supported specifically the reintegration and professional participation.



  • physical disability /
  • lorry /
  • material /
  • transport /
  • material transport /
  • truck driver /
  • driver /
  • working equipment /
  • car equipment /
  • work task /
  • driving /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • EASTIN /
  • steering aid /
  • steering wheel /
  • steering knob /
  • steering /
  • operating control /
  • one-hand operation /
  • one-handedness /
  • occupational accident /
  • accident /
  • rehabilitation /
  • best practice /
  • rehabilitation manager /
  • transport, trade and logistics /
  • handling and transport /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • Employers Liability Insurance Association /
  • arm impairment /
  • arm amputation /
  • service /
  • transportation /
  • logistics /
  • gripping /
  • holding /
  • body posture /
  • lifting /
  • carrying /
  • reaching area /
  • body load /
  • workplace design /
  • technical advice /
  • integration aid /
  • wage costs subsidy /
  • assistive product /
  • retraining /
  • car adaptation /
  • amputation

update status: 11.12.2015

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