Case Study
Workplace design for a work preparer with a paralysed arm


The company operates with its 14 employees in the field of civil engineering.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

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


The employee is a professional craftsman and Master Mason.

Workplace and duties (actual status):

The man works as a contact for the customer as well as authorities and as a planning engineer mainly in an office at a video workstation. Due to his disability, he can not perform various works only much slower or alone, for example: - Punching and stapling of documents, - The execution of typing (handwritten and PC), - The provision of telephone notes while calling - The opening of letters and - Folding and inserting the letters into envelopes.

Workplace and duties (desired status):

Through the use of: - An electric punch and stapler - A non-slip pad, - A heavy ruler with handle (Beschwerlineal) - A hands-free phone - A small box with a keyboard sticky keys eg for the shift key for capital letters, - A trackball, - An electric letter opener and - A table-folding inserting machine , the failure of the left hand are compensated. The employee can thus activities such as punching, stapling, folding and inserting run faster without assistance and typing on PC. An adjustable height work table also enables adjustment of the work surface height to the body measurements of the employee. In conjunction with the existing ergonomic office chair and the arrangement of the tools on the workbench in the restricted grasping space can be taken as an optimal working posture.

work environment:

For washing and drying of the right hand of the employee, eg can after using the toilet, use in plumbing and electrical through Movement (infrared sensor) switchable soap dispenser in conjunction with the pre-existing single-lever mixer. Drying is then carried out by hand, after the power of the electric hand dryer with the help of the hot air blower. Wherein the switching of the hand dryer is effected by the movement of the hand on an infrared sensor.

Assistive devices used:

soap holders and soap dispensers installations and fittings manual drawing and writing tools keyboards computer pointing devices (trackball) slip-resistant documents worktables work and office chairs tools for organizing, sorting and archiving of paper documents tool for mail processing

Further Information

The disability-friendly design was funded 100% from the Integration Office. The consultation was carried out by the Engineer Professional services for disability-related work planning the integration office - the so-called Technical Advisory Service.

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Last Update: 28 Jun 2013