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Workplace layout for a paraplegic technical draughtsman in an office

Employer:

The employer is a small company that manufactures Trikes. Trikes are three-wheeled special vehicles which combine the characteristics of a motor car with a motorbike.

Disability and functional restriction:

He is paraplegic following a private accident. He is completely wheelchair-dependent. Because of his disability his visual field and area of reach are restricted. His degree of disability is 100.

Job:

He is a trained car mechanic. He could no longer carry out this job following his accident and therefore retrained as a technical draughtsman.

Workplace and duties:

He works in an office at a computer workstation with an electromotor height and tilt adjustable desk ( see figure). The operating elements for electromotor adjustment of the desk are placed within his restricted area of reach. Thus he can carry out himself the changes needed for adopting a favourable working posture. At his computer workstation or CAD workplace he mainly develops building plans from which suppliers and self assemblers can build or repair the delivered Trikes. Training was needed to work with the CAD software. He is in direct contact with the technicians in the manufacturing hall with all work, as with the small production technical improvements are immediately incorporated into the series and then documented in the handbook. At the same time the diagrams for registration and the TÜV (Technical Inspection Agency) are developed.

Work environment:

The sanitary facilities (wash basins, toilets, support rails, etc.) were rebuilt so that he was able to use these without problems and barriers.

Assistive devices used:

toilets
wash basins
mirrors for facial care
bimanual handrim-drive wheelchairs
fixed grab bars and handgrips
workplace furniture and furnishing elements

Support:

The disabled-friendly layout was supported by the Integration Office.



Id-No.:

R/PB5305


  • working environment /
  • environment /
  • computer aided design /
  • physical disability /
  • paralysis /
  • screen work /
  • computer workplace /
  • computer /
  • office work /
  • technical draughtsman /
  • drawer /
  • engineering drawing /
  • drawing /
  • worktable /
  • table /
  • desk /
  • wheelchair /
  • mobility /
  • sanitary facility /
  • toilet /
  • mirror /
  • washbasin /
  • support grip /
  • EASTIN /
  • working equipment /
  • work task /
  • barrier-freedom /
  • washing /
  • mobility aid /
  • employment /
  • participation in working life /
  • participation /
  • full-time job /
  • employer /
  • employee /
  • vocational rehabilitation /
  • spinal cord /
  • qualification /
  • changing place /
  • emergency /
  • emergency alarm system /
  • emergency call /
  • emergency alarm system /
  • Personal emergency alarm systems /
  • paging system /
  • office for vocational integration /
  • Wheelchair-driver /
  • paraplegia /
  • office /
  • body posture /
  • standing /
  • walking /
  • reaching area /
  • body load /
  • workplace design /
  • technical advice /
  • barrier-free design /
  • vocational training /
  • assistive product /
  • retraining /
  • working environment design /
  • body posture and body part movement /
  • mobility and locomotion /
  • environmental influences, safety and loads


update status: 07.09.2008


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