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Case Study Workplace design for an employee in maintenance


The employer is a company with 370 employees which produces single threads made of viscose for the textile industry. For economic reasons, the area of company security (gatekeeper and factory security) is taken over by an external service provider, so that the company's own workplaces are no longer needed.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The man's right leg was amputated at the thigh. Despite his prosthetic leg, the man has a walking disability and is physically limited in his ability to lift and carry loads manually. In addition, he should not be used for activities that require certain postures (e.g. standing for long periods).

Training and job:

The man worked for many years as a porter for his employer. This workplace was eliminated and another workplace had to be found within the company to continue employment. The man is to be employed in the maintenance department, as a workplace there needs to be refilled.

Workplace and work task:

In order to guarantee consistently high quality, the approx. 10,000 pumps of the 36 spinning machines must be regularly removed and cleaned and maintained in the maintenance department. After a work test, it was determined that the employee is suitable for this training activity and that the workplace must be equipped for disabled people with:
- an arthrodesis chair (special work chair with divided and inclinable seat for pressure-free sitting for thigh prosthesis wearers),
- a standing aid,
- an electric motor-driven height-adjustable workbench and
- a supply trolley or supply trolley
The combination of height-adjustable workbench with arthrodesis chair and standing aid makes it possible to switch between a sitting or standing working posture.
All necessary tools and parts have been arranged in the employee's reach by means of movable holders and plug-in systems.
An additional supply trolley is used to transport the pumps to reduce the load handling stresses (of the pumps).

Assistive products used:

Further Information

The employment of the severely disabled employee could be secured by the described measure. The design suitable for disabled people was supported by the integration and inclusion office. Advice was provided by the specialist engineering service for suitable for disabled people work design of the integration or inclusion office - the so-called technical advisory service.

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Last Update: 3 Dec 2008