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Workplace layout for a toolmaker with spinal disease in a tool manufacturer

Employer:

The employer is a tool making company which manufactures steel injection moulding dies for the synthetic material industry.

Disability and functional restriction of the disabled man:
He has spinal disease. He is restricted in employment for activities which require prolonged standing or frequent bending. As well as this he has a disability of his hand. Because of this he is restricted in holding, carrying and gripping. His degree of disability is 70.

Training and job:

He is a trained toolmaker. He has been employed by his employer for 24 years.

Work duties and workplace (actual status:
He is responsible for the quality control (see figure). Because of his disability he often does not find it easy to rework faulty forms at the workbench. As well as this be can no longer lift heavy parts.

Workplace and duties (desired status):

To relieve his back he needs a work chair. As well as this the acquisition of a height adjustable bench vice so that he can work while sitting and standing is needed. For the best lighting of the work area a high quality antiglare light was installed. For examining and reworking small pieces an illuminated magnifying glass was installed.

Assistive devices used:

magnifier glasses, lenses and lens systems for magnification
workbenches
work chairs and office chairs
working lights
assistive products for fixing and positioning workpieces and tools

Support:

The advice on the workplace layout and application for support measures took place through an engineer of the Chamber of Crafts. The disabled-friendly layout was 80% support by the Integration Office.



Id-No.:

R/PB5387


  • physical disability /
  • toolmaker /
  • tool engineering /
  • tool /
  • quality tester /
  • work chair /
  • chair /
  • clamp /
  • workbench /
  • worktable /
  • table /
  • height adjustability /
  • working light /
  • lighting /
  • magnifying glass /
  • trade guild /
  • chamber /
  • working equipment /
  • work task /
  • handling /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • hand /
  • spine /
  • EASTIN /
  • clamping means /
  • handling and transport /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • hand impairment /
  • back illness /
  • industry /
  • quality assurance /
  • mechanical engineering /
  • gripping /
  • holding /
  • body posture /
  • standing /
  • lifting /
  • carrying /
  • finger hand movement /
  • body load /
  • bending /
  • workplace design /
  • technical advice /
  • assistive product /
  • metal


update status: 08.09.2008


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