Case Study
Subsidy to secure employment for an assistance with spasticity in a timber building company


With its 200 employees, the company manufactures fence elements, winter gardens, garden and equipment sheds, garden furniture and car ports made of wood.

Disability and functional limitation of the employee:

The man has a spasticity. His motor skills (sometimes uncontrolled and slowed down) and his ability to walk are limited. It should therefore not be used for activities that require the manual transport of loads and walking longer distances. With regard to load transport, the restrictions apply especially to the taking of certain postures (for example bending over and bending). The GdB (degree of disability) is 50.


The man works for the employer as a semi-skilled production assistant.

Workplace and work organization:

Due to the limited engine and the associated lower speed of work, the man can not be used on clock-bound machines in production. He therefore works at the only workstation that is not clock bound. The production assistant works on a machine for milling squared lumber. The ready-to-measure square timbers with a width of 4 to 6 cm, a height of 12 cm and a length of 65 to 120 cm are provided on pallets by forklift at the workplace. The production assistant then takes three scantlings each, places them in the milling machine, triggers the clamping and machining process, removes the finished milled pieces of wood and places them stacked on a second pallet. When picking up and taking down, he has to walk a few steps, depending on the location of the squared timbers and pieces of wood. Depending on the removal and storage height or stack height also often Bückbewegungen must be performed. In addition, due to the slower execution of work due to disability, the work performance of the production assistant, as documented by the employer, is on average only 60 percent. The use of a scissor lift, for positioning the cut squared timber left and processed pieces of wood right on an ergonomic removal and storage height on the milling machine, eliminates the bending movements and helps to reduce the reduced work capacity to about 35 percent. A further improvement of the work performance by additional means or organizational measures is not possible, so that only a financial compensation can be used to compensate for the reduced work performance.

Assistive devices used:

lifting and positioning systems (scissor)

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Funding and participation:

The employer receives a monthly job security allowance from the Integration or Inclusion Office to compensate for the exceptional burden and job security. The consultation was carried out by the engineering specialist service for disability-friendly work design of the Integration or Inclusion Office - the so-called Technical Advisory Service.

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Last Update: 6 Nov 2019