Case Study
Forklift driver with functional limitation of the spine and the legs at a supplier company


The company is a supplier to the automotive industry:

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man has a back disease and a leg disability. He should generally avoid activities that involve long walking or standing, heavy / frequent lifting or carrying, or frequent use of certain postures (such as bending over or bending over). In addition, it should not be used specifically for driving activities that lead to increased stress on the spine due to strong shocks and vibrations. The GdB (degree of disability) is 50.

Training and Job:

The man has not learned a trade. He actually worked at the company as a production assistant until he was unable to continue doing this job due to disabilities and was employed as a forklift driver.

Workplace and duties:

The employee carried out loading and unloading of trucks (outdoors) with an older diesel forklift truck and supplies the workplaces in production with material. The forklift had neither a weather protection cabin nor a specially sprung driver's seat, nor did it have power steering. During the loading and unloading work, the forklift driver was exposed to constant back-stressing bumps and vibrations from uneven floors and the driver's seat that was not suitable for the disabled. Because it constantly drives between the trucks in the outdoor area and the production hall, it was also exposed to all weather conditions and the different temperatures inside and outside without a weather protection cabin. The heavy effort required to steer and shift gears put additional strain on the employee. In order to avoid the highly stressful working conditions, the company purchased a LPG forklift with sideshift, power steering and fully automatic air-sprung suspension seat, driver's cab and automatic transmission. The new forklift makes the work of the employee much easier. Increased loads no longer occur. In particular, the sideshifter reduces the driver's workload, since goods can be picked up more easily and it is therefore no longer necessary to leave the forklift to move pallets and containers into position.

Assistive devices used:

Motor vehicle seats and cushions as well as accessories and adjustments (driver seats) Power-operated industrial vehicles for lifting and transporting material (forklifts)

Funding and participation:

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

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Last Update: 28 Apr 2021