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Case Study Workplace design for a kitchen delivery driver


The company distributes kitchens for private households. The company's order situation has developed very well, so that the company was able to hire a new additional employee.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The man has a back disease and diabetes mellitus type II (diabetes), which can still be treated with tablets. Due to the treatment, his blood sugar is well controlled and driving vehicles is possible. The GdB (degree of disability) is 50.
The man should only be used to a limited extent for manual load transport, especially in certain postures (bent or stooped), and activities with frequent or strong jolts and vibrations that lead to increased stress on the spine should be avoided.
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Training and job:

The man was unemployed for several years and was newly hired by the company as a delivery driver for kitchen furniture.

Workplace and work task:

The delivery driver's tasks include loading a small truck with the kitchen parts to be delivered and unloading the kitchen parts at the customer's premises. To equip the new workplace, a new delivery vehicle was purchased for the employee with a special box body for transporting furniture, an air-suspended swing seat, an electrically operated mirror on the passenger side and a built-in and extendable scissor stair. The scissor stairs enable easy and simple loading and unloading of the vehicle, as they are easy to walk on. The air-suspended swing seat greatly absorbs shocks and vibrations when driving, thus avoiding strain on the spine.
The individual kitchen parts are generally not very heavy and large and can be carried by one person without much physical effort. In principle, two people are available for loading and unloading the vehicle, so that the employee does not have to exert excessive physical strain in his work.

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Further Information

The design suitable for disabled people was subsidised by the Integration and Inclusion Office. Advice was provided by the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration or Inclusion Office.
The reintegration of the severely disabled and long unemployed employee for participation in working life was supported by the employment agency through an integration or wage cost subsidy.

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Last Update: 20 Apr 2021