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Workplace design for a wheelchair-driver in the automobile industry


The employer a work at an automotive company

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The man has a sensory-motor paralysis of the legs and is dependent on the use of a wheelchair. Disability Due to be grasping space, its mobility and ability are restricted to operate controls with the feet. The degree of disability (handicap) is 100 The severely handicapped contains the markers G, B, and aG

Training and job:

The man is an engineer and works in the maintenance of the work

Workplace and work duties:

The man works in a group of engineers and technicians, which are responsible for the maintenance of production equipment in the assembly area. The activities associated with organizational, administrative, meeting and personnel management work. The real work is in an office. There, the engineer doing the paperwork associated with the activity on one workstation with an under-propelled platforms for wheelchair work table. A large part of the working time is spent directly in the assembly area. The maintenance intervals and plans are discussed in the various assembly areas or departments with the responsible colleagues there. For the meetings are in the departments meeting Islands with round tables with a table height of 1200 mm. The engineer nutz a slight active wheelchair to the factory to be mobile. The active wheelchair also has a stand-up by gas pressure springs. By raising function, it is the engineer allows standing to communicate with colleagues and to consult the relevant documents on the 1200 mm high tables at eye level.
The wheelchair with its special function is generally used in offices and assembly area to compensate for the limited grasping space.

Work environment - mobility:

For the commute, the engineer uses a vehicle with automatic transmission that has been completely remodeled to manual operation (gas and brake). Since the wheelchair is relatively easy, it can be loaded (on the driver's seat after transplanting) by the engineer in the car without problems independently. The engineer uses the car also taken to cover larger distances on the premises
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Assistive devices used:

motor vehicle accessories and adjustments to control the speed
bimanual handrim-drive wheelchairs (standing wheelchairs)


The active wheelchair or standing wheelchair was funded 100% by the Integration Office
In REHADAT you find. the address and phone the integration offices.



  • working environment /
  • environment /
  • wheelchair /
  • stand-up wheelchair /
  • mobility /
  • screen work /
  • computer workplace /
  • computer /
  • worktable /
  • table /
  • driving licence /
  • driver´s license regulation /
  • working equipment /
  • desk /
  • car equipment /
  • motor vehicle /
  • brake /
  • footbrake /
  • accelerator pedal /
  • preventive maintenance /
  • driving licence /
  • engineer /
  • access to workplace /
  • physical disability /
  • work task /
  • barrier-freedom /
  • mobility aid /
  • foot pedal /
  • pedal /
  • gas /
  • automatic /
  • automatic gearbox /
  • transmission /
  • brake pedal /
  • manual accelerator /
  • driving /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • paralysis /
  • leg /
  • EASTIN /
  • stand up /
  • changing place /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • Wheelchair-driver /
  • leg impairment /
  • office /
  • body posture /
  • standing /
  • walking /
  • reaching area /
  • body load /
  • workplace design /
  • technical advice /
  • barrier-free design /
  • assistive product /
  • working environment design /
  • car adaptation

update status: 08.12.2009

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