Case Study
Work design for an engineer at an automobile manufacturer


The company is a plant of an automotive group.

Disability and impairment of the employee:

The man has sensorimotor paralysis of the legs and is dependent on the use of a wheelchair. Due to the handicap, his reach, mobility and the ability to operate controls with his feet are limited. The degree of disability (GdB) is 100. The severely handicapped pass contains the symbols G, B and aG.

Training and job:

The man is a graduate engineer and works in the maintenance of the plant.

Workplace and duties:

The man works in a group of engineers and technicians who are responsible for maintaining the production facilities in the assembly area. The activity is connected with organizational, administrative, meeting and personnel management work. The actual workplace is in an office. There, the engineer does the paperwork associated with the activity at a computer workstation with a work table that can be accessed by wheelchairs. He spends a large part of his working time directly in the assembly area. The maintenance intervals and plans are discussed with the responsible colleagues in the various assembly areas or departments. For the meetings, there are meeting islands with round tables with a table top height of 1.2 meters in the departments. The engineer uses a light active wheelchair to be mobile in the factory. The active wheelchair also has an upright function using gas pressure springs. The erecting function enables the engineer to stand at eye level to communicate with his colleagues and to view the relevant documents on the 1.2 meter high tables. The wheelchair with its special function is generally used in the office and assembly area to compensate for the limited reach.

Work environment - mobility:

To commute to work, the engineer uses a vehicle with an automatic transmission that has been completely converted to manual operation (accelerator and brake). Since the wheelchair is relatively light, the engineer can load it into the vehicle independently (after being transferred to the driver's seat) without any problems. The engineer also uses the vehicle to cover longer distances on the factory premises.

Assistive devices used:

Automotive accessories and adaptations for speed control Wheelchairs with push rim drive on both sides (standing wheelchairs) Work tables

Further Information

The active wheelchair or standing wheelchair was funded 100 percent by the integration or inclusion office. The advice was provided by the technical advice service of the integration or inclusion office.

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Last Update: 16 Sep 2021