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Case Study Work design for a work scheduler from the construction industry


The company is active in the field of building construction and civil engineering with its 14 employees.

Employee's disability and functional limitation:

The man's left arm is paralyzed after a private accident. The grasping range, handling and transporting of objects is limited due to the disability. The GdB (degree of disability) is 80.


The employee is a master craftsman or master bricklayer by profession.

Workplace and work task (actual condition):

The man works as a contact person for customers as well as authorities and as a work preparer mainly in an office at a computer workstation. Due to his disability, he can only perform various tasks much more slowly or cannot perform them alone, e.g.:
- punching as well as stapling documents,
- performing typing tasks (handwritten and on the PC),
- making telephone notes when making phone calls,
- opening letters and
- folding as well as inserting letters into envelopes.

Workplace and work task (target state):

By using:
- an electric hole punch as well as a stapler,
- an anti-slip underlay,
- a heavy ruler with a handle (weight ruler),
- a hands-free telephone,
- a small keypad with a click-in function, e.g. for the shift key to move the mouse. The loss of the left hand can be compensated for by the use of the following devices:
- a trackball,
- an electric letter opener, and
- a table-top folding and inserting machine
- a heavy ruler with handle (weight ruler). This enables the employee to perform tasks such as punching, stapling, folding and inserting without outside help and to carry out typing tasks on the PC more quickly. A height-adjustable work table also allows the work surface height to be adapted to the employee's body dimensions. In conjunction with the existing ergonomic office chair and the arrangement of the assistive products on the work table in the restricted reach area, an optimum working posture can be adopted.

Working environment:

To wash and dry the right hand, the employee can use the electric soap dispenser in the sanitary area, which can be switched on by movement (infrared sensor), in conjunction with the existing single-handed fitting. The drying of the hand takes place afterwards, after switching on the electrical hand dryer, with the help of the warm air blower. The hand dryer is switched on by the movement of the hand via an infrared sensor.

Assistive products used:

Further Information

The design suitable for disabled people was 100% funded by the Integration and Inclusion Office. Advice was provided by the 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: 28 Jun 2013