Case Study
Arbeits­platz­gestaltung für einen Lagerarbeiter bei einer Werkstatt für Nutzfahrzeuge


The company is a brand-independent workshop that repairs commercial vehicles (eg trucks and buses) with its 18 employees.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man has a visual impairment and is sensitive to blinding. His eyesight has steadily deteriorated in recent years and is 20 percent with glasses. He can perceive optical information only limited and therefore requires more time in the exercise of certain activities, which can occur more errors. The degree of disability (GdB) is 50 and he is legally considered severely disabled.

Education and job:

The man is a car mechanic and has been working for the company for many years. After completing his training, he initially worked in the workshop until he was transferred to the warehouse due to the Seheinschränkung.

Work task:

The car mechanic works mainly in the spare parts warehouse as a warehouse worker and if necessary in the workshop area on a conventional lathe for turning out brake drums. As a warehouse worker includes his activity: - The order of the required spare parts from the vehicle manufacturer or wholesale on the PC through spare parts programs of manufacturers and wholesalers - the control of the goods receipt or the spare parts and the delivery papers - The collection of spare parts on the PC via hand-held scanner and barcode in the warehouse management software - The storage of spare parts in the shelf storage or on the designated barcode and item number shelves in plastic storage boxes, boxes or loose - The outsourcing and booking of spare parts in the warehouse management software on the PC via hand-held scanner and barcode - the issue of spare parts to the workshop and customers


So that the employee can fulfill his tasks and visually perceive the required information, the workstation in the storage area has been equipped as follows: - a software for enlarging and contrasting display of screen contents for working on the PC, a screen reader or camera reader for enlarging and contrasting the presentation of the documents in paper format (for example delivery notes) and a matching cross table for positioning the documents under the camera, - two large screens, one for the PC and one for the camera reader, - two monitor swivel arms for optimal positioning of the large screens in the viewing area and simultaneous income of an ergonomic working posture, - a large font contrast keyboard and - A dimmable and adaptable to the light requirement work lamp for better lighting. In the warehouse on the shelves or at the sales counter, he also uses an electronic magnifying glass or a small mobile screen reader to recognize, for example, spare parts or item numbers. If required, it is also used on a conventional lathe in the workshop because he has a lot of experience in turning out the brake drums. On the lathe, a small zoombare camera, which is protected in the stainless steel housing against the ingress of dirt and liquid (eg coolant), was installed on a tripod. The camera shows the processing point or the turning tool on the brake drum, because the employee can not sufficiently recognize the turning tool tip, for example during scratching, and the quality of the surface during machining. The images of the camera are transmitted via a control device to a flat screen. The flat screen was attached to the lathe by means of a swivel arm. To read the scales on the lathe he uses the electronic magnifying glass to magnify - so he can make the appropriate settings for editing. For the actual control of the machined brake discs or compliance with the permissible tolerances, he uses a caliper with a large digital display and a dial gauge, which is attached to the lathe for checking via a jointed stand with hydraulic clamping. The dial gauge is read using the electronic magnifying glass.

Assistive devices used:

general lighting Video systems with image enlargement (screen readers) Keyboards (Large Keyboard) special output software (magnification software) fixed positioning systems (monitor swivel arms) Measuring instruments and equipment Aids for testing and monitoring (camera)

Keywords and Further Information

Funding and participation:

The aids used for disability-friendly design were promoted by the pension insurance to participate in the working life. The pension insurance asked the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration or Inclusion Office for administrative assistance, who then undertook the corresponding advice on the spot at the employer and informed his design recommendations of the pension insurance.

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Last Update: 18 Dec 2018