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Safety measure for an employee with a leg amputation


The employer is a company active in the field of telecommunications.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

A man's leg was amputated on the thigh. The man is wearing a prosthesis. Due to the days of the prosthesis phase-wise, a painful inflammation of the stump occurs. In these phases the man is not capable of walking and is dependent on the use of a wheelchair. The degree of disability is 100.


The man has been working for many years as a customer manager in the back office of the employer.

Workplace and workplace safety:

The customer caretaker works in an office, which is located on the second floor of the building. It reaches and leaves the 2nd floor by means of the existing elevators. In an emergency (fire, etc.) the use of the lifts is prohibited. The staff then have to use the stairwell or the stairs. This is not possible for the customer advisor if he is dependent on the use of a wheelchair due to the inflammation of his leg stump. Under the relevant regulations, the employer must provide for rescue measures and provide rescues. For this reason, a collapsible evacuation chair (see picture) was installed on the second floor (near the stairwell) for evacuation purposes. This is taken in an emergency by an instructed person from the wall bracket and unfolded. The customer caretaker can then be transported downstairs by one person sitting down. The evacuation chair glides easily and not too fast with its runners over the front edge of the steps. This is also trained in the context of fire safety training.
A short video about how the evacuation chair works in an emergency can be found at the following link: Video at YouTube - Rescue people with mobility restrictions using an evacuation chair.

Assistive devices used:

bimanual handrim-drive wheelchairs
rescue equipment (evacuation chairs)

Support and participation:

The integration office gave 100% funding for the disabled-friendly design. The consultation was carried out by the engineer's specialist for the work of the Integration Office, which is suitable for disabled persons, the so-called Technical Consulting Service and the company.


Video bei YouTube - Rettung von Menschen mit Mobilitätseinschränkungen mit Hilfe eines Evakuierungsstuhls



  • working environment /
  • environment /
  • physical disability /
  • wheelchair /
  • evacuation /
  • evacuation device /
  • brand /
  • fire /
  • emergency /
  • safety /
  • working equipment /
  • leg prosthesis /
  • above-knee amputation /
  • thigh prosthesis /
  • prosthesis /
  • stairs /
  • staircase /
  • mobility /
  • step climbing /
  • mobility aid /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • pain /
  • leg /
  • thigh /
  • EASTIN /
  • escape route /
  • Video /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • soft skills and social behaviour /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • amputation /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • walking impairment /
  • Wheelchair-driver /
  • leg impairment /
  • leg amputation /
  • office /
  • administration /
  • body posture /
  • standing /
  • walking /
  • leg hip movement /
  • reaching area /
  • body load /
  • independence /
  • climbing /
  • industrial safety /
  • technical advice /
  • assistive product /
  • working environment design

update status: 24.01.2017

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