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Case Study Barrier-free design of a workplace for a trainee industrial clerk

Disability and Functional Limitation:

The adolescent has congenital right-sided spasticity, which is particularly evident in his legs. He is dependent on the use of a wheelchair. His grasping space and mobility are limited due to disability. The GdB (degree of disability) is 90.


Working environment:

The trainee must be able to reach his workplace, the individual organisational units and the social rooms on the various floors independently as part of his vocational training and during the subsequent completion of tasks. The trainee cannot use the existing passenger elevator with his electric wheelchair because the 80 x 80 cm cabins are too narrow.
In order for the trainee to be able to use the lift, it was necessary to purchase a more compact electric lifting wheelchair. The compact external dimensions (580 x 640 mm) of this wheelchair enable him to use the existing lift system without any problems. Costly conversions or other complex measures were thus avoided; only the control buttons in the elevator car were installed at a height of 80 cm. The integrated seat-lifting device of the electric wheelchair with a seat lift of 40 cm also considerably extends the trainee's reach.

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Further Information

The design suitable for disabled people was funded by the Integration Office.

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Last Update: 3 Aug 2012