Case Study
Grant for job security and personnel support for a plumber with knee joint damage and diaphragmatic hernia


The employer is a small business that manufactures individual parts from copper and zinc-coated sheet metal for roofs (for special metal roof coverings) and facades and installs them on and on buildings.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man has knee damage and a diaphragmatic hernia (displacement of the intestines from the abdominal cavity due to a gap in the abdominal wall), which was treated with surgery. The illnesses make it difficult for him to work at great heights because he can only use the necessary ladders to a limited extent. In addition, it should not be used for lifting and carrying heavy loads and for activities that require frequent kneeling and crouching. The GdB (degree of disability) is 80.

Training and job:

The man works as an installer for his employer.

Workplace and duties:

When installing the facades and roofs, the installer must be able to walk, stand and kneel / crouch on roofs and be able to work on facades standing on ladders. The postures to be exercised, especially kneeling and crouching and the knee movements required to climb the ladder, cannot be carried out due to the disability. The installer was therefore moved to the workshop, where the metal sheets for the roofs and facades are prepared (cut, bent, rounded, folded, etc.). He helps a colleague there to prepare the sheets. In the workshop, mostly sheet metal panels weighing 0.5 to 20 kg are lifted, carried, cut, formed and, if necessary, pre-assembled. The larger metal sheets are processed in teamwork (installer and colleague). The processing of the metal sheets on the work tables and the machines takes place at an ergonomic working height, so that forced postures are avoided.

Work organization:

The installer is dependent on the help of his colleague for certain work-related problems. He also needs additional rest periods to compensate for the increased fatigue caused by the disability. This leads to lower work performance, which cannot be compensated for by the use of aids. The employer is not prepared to give notice to the installer if the reduced performance (approx. 40 percent) and the support effort (approx. One hour per working day) are financially balanced.

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Funding and participation:

The employer receives an employment security grant and compensation for staff support from the integration or inclusion office to compensate for the extraordinary burdens. The funding also took into account that in the event of termination, the installer will not be able to find a new job due to his severe disability and age.

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Last Update: 14 Apr 2020