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Work design for a draftsman


This is a civil engineering firm.

Employee's disability and impairment:

The man is dependent on the constant use of a wheelchair due to polio. His mobility and grasping range are limited due to his disability. The GdB (degree of disability) is 80.

Training and job:

The man is a skilled draftsman. He was newly hired by the engineering office.

Workplace and work task:

The draftsman works in an office at a computer workstation or CAD workstation with a motorized height- and tilt-adjustable work table. The operating elements, for motorized adjustment of the work tabless, have been placed in the employee's limited reach. This allows him to make the necessary changes himself in order to adopt a favorable working posture. An office paternoster (carousel) was purchased to store file folders, technical information, forms, writing and copying paper. He also needed satisfactory lighting for his work desk. The workspace was equipped with an electric window opener.

Working environment - mobility:

The employee can reach his workplace via the building's existing underground parking garage. The underground garage is at ground level and therefore suitable for the wheelchair user to move around. He was provided with a parking space near the lift. The sanitary area was rebuilt and equipped (washbasin, toilet, support handles, etc.) in such a way that the employee can use it without problems as well as barriers (e.g. when transferring from the wheelchair to the toilet) and in case of emergency can call for help via a personal emergency call system.

Assistive products used:

Further Information

and participation:
The design suitable for disabled people was supported by the Integration or Inclusion Office. Advice was provided by the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration and Inclusion Office.

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Last Update: 2 Mar 2023