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Case Study Workplace design for a machine and plant operator


The medium-sized company produces plastic parts.

Disability and impairment of the employee:

The man has diabetes mellitus and it can come, for example, by insulin intake errors, stress, delayed meals and physical activities to the hyperglycemia (hyperglycemia) or hypoglycemia (hypoglycemia) - which has already occurred once in previous years. By certain symptoms the man can recognize this early and react accordingly.


The man has been working for the company for several years as a semi-skilled machine and plant operator in shift work.

Workplace and work task:

The machine and plant operator is responsible for three machines for foaming plastic in the production area of a factory hall, i.e. he sets up and operates the machines. The machines are located in a 20 x 30 meter area of the production hall, which is separated from the other areas of the hall by a visual screen. Normally, there is no visual or call contact; other employees are only present in the machine and plant operator's area of activity when the raw material and finished parts are being transported. However, this is not the case during the late shift.

Occupational safety:

Due to the clinical picture in connection with the workplace situation, a personal emergency call system or a people emergency signal system (PNA) was purchased. This enables the machine and plant operator to call for help in an emergency.

Assistive products used:

Further Information

The assistive products were funded by the Integration and Inclusion Office. The purchase of the system was absolutely necessary due to the disability and for safety reasons. Advice was provided by the Technical Advisory Service of the Integration and Inclusion Office.

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Last Update: 18 Jan 2016