Case Study
Layout of a workplace for employees with deafness in a book bindery


The employer is a bookbinder.

Disability and functional restrictions ot the employees:

1. employee The man is deaf. He is not capable of acoustic information, e.g. B. Spoken language and signals to perceive. Because of the disability, audible information must therefore be changed so that the man can perceive it visually or tactilely. The GdB (degree of disability) is 100. 2. employee The man is deaf and disabled. Due to walking difficulties, he is only able to carry or transport heavy loads to a limited extent.


The two men work as bookbinders at their employer.  

Workplace and duties:

The bookbinders work in the company's workshop. There they serve a. also an automatic folding machine and a cutting and stapling machine for binding magazines and books. The individual DIN A-4 paper stacks of 5 cm in height are manually placed in the individual compartments of the 15-station folding system. Then the individual sheets are automatically sucked up and placed on top of each other. At the same time, the sheets are sorted by the folding machine. If there is a missing sheet, the system switches off automatically. The suction of double sheets can only be heard acoustically (change in the intake air flow). In such cases, the machine must be switched off manually and the fault rectified. The papers are then cut to size on separate machines and stapled. The transport process required is done manually using pallets and pallet trucks. In addition to machine monitoring, one employee is mainly concerned with material supply work and the other employee with cutting and folding as well as with material removal work. An employee has to handle about two tons of paper per working day. The work situation is not compatible with the functional restrictions of the two employees, since they cannot perceive the malfunctions on the folding machine acoustically and have to transport or handle loads to a considerable extent. In order for the two employees to be able to work with disabilities, it is necessary to use a fully automatic gathering machine with an integrated stapling-folding machine and cutting unit. In the event of any malfunctions, the machine switches itself off automatically and indicates this state acoustically and optically by means of a warning signal, this happening optically by a signal lamp. When double sheets are sucked in, the complete set is separated using a switch. The 15 stations on the production line are equipped with stacking trolleys. The integrated stapling, folding and cutting unit eliminates the necessary and stressful transport work after the collation.

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Funding and participation:

The integration and inclusion office supported 35 percent of the disability-friendly design. The advice was provided by the technical advice service of the integration or inclusion office.

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Last Update: 10 Oct 2019