Case Study
Arbeitsgestaltung für einen Arbeitsplaner bei der SMS Group

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The company employs around 14,000 people worldwide and around 4,500 in Germany and is active in the steel and metal industry (e.g. metallurgy, forming, refinement and maintenance / servicing), machine production with pre-assembly of components and plant construction active. An inclusion agreement has been concluded for equal professional opportunities and support for people with disabilities.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man has a visual impairment with visual impairments that worsened. He can therefore only perceive optical information to a limited extent. The GdB (degree of disability) is 50.

Training and Job:

The man works as a work planner in work preparation for mechanical production and was previously employed at the company as a CNC boring mill lathe operator with additional qualifications.

Workplace and work organization:

The employee works at a computer workstation in the company and also in the context of mobile work at home at his computer workstation there for the work preparation of the mechanical production. In this context, inter alia the following work on his tasks: - Plan work processes, work sequences, work processes and resources - Check existing work plans for improvement potential and develop suggestions - Create programs for the production of the workpieces for the respective machine, - Calculate and define standard times for production - Carry out cost calculations for production - Encourage the possibility of using new machining processes - Implement test regulations and customer requirements So that the work planner can work handicapped-friendly at the computer workstation in the office and at home, they are each equipped with two large screens, which can be positioned at the optimal viewing distance using monitor swivel arms - taking an ergonomic working posture. Only one laptop is used at the screen workstations that can be plugged into the respective docking station at the respective workstation. In addition, it is not the laptop's keyboard that is used, but rather an illuminated, large-character, contrast keyboard with dimmable keys for optimal recognition, which is connected to the deck station. In order to be able to perceive the content on the screen, the work planner uses a magnification software installed on the laptop. With the help of the special software, the work planner can enlarge the screen contents and display them with more contrast. To read documents in paper format or technical drawings, the work planner uses a mobile screen reader or electronic magnifying glass for enlargement. To determine the aids that could be used, aids were tested in a vocational support organization for people with visual impairments and blindness. The actual training for the use of the magnification software and electronic magnifying glass then took place at the workplace.

Assistive devices used:

Special output software (enlargement software) Video systems with image magnification (screen readers) Fixed positioning systems (monitor swivel arms) Keyboards (large character keyboards)

Funding and participation:

The disability-friendly design was 100 percent funded by the German Pension Insurance as part of the benefits for participation in working life, as the necessary waiting time for vocational rehabilitation was fulfilled. The representative for severely disabled employees provided assistance with the application and accompanied the employee. After the required aids had been determined in the vocational promotion agency, the actual training on use at the workplace took place by a company that offered and sold aids.

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Last Update: 7 Apr 2021