Case Study
Workplace design for a warehouse clerk with walking difficulties and epilepsy in the military


202 civilian employees work in the barracks.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The adolescent has epilepsy. The occurrence of a seizure cannot be excluded. In addition, the adolescent is additionally restricted by walking difficulties when transporting and carrying loads. With regard to epilepsy, special aspects of occupational safety must be taken into account when performing the job, e.g. B. when climbing ladders. The GdB (degree of disability) is 80.

Training and job:

The teenager has a secondary school leaving certificate. He initially took part in various measures to find a job until he then completed a training as a metal worker (with a degree from the Chamber of Industry and Commerce) at the vocational training center (BBW). After completing the apprenticeship, the young person was unemployed until he was hired as a warehouse manager (civilian employee) by his current employer.

Workplace and duties:

The employee works as a warehouse manager in the magazine. In the magazine, consumables and spare parts for craftsmen in the barracks area are stored in shelves, sometimes in storage boxes. These are electrical and sanitary items as well as other small iron items. The tasks of the warehouse manager include: - the acceptance of goods, - storage / retrieval, - keeping inventory records, - registration in request forms and work orders, - monitoring of stocks (inventory) and - Participation in the needs assessment. Due to the large number of mainly small articles to be stored, the magazine is very spacious due to the large number of shelves, so that an average distance of 30 to 40 m has to be covered for the storage and removal of the parts. Every day, the employee with walking difficulties has to walk a total of at least four to five km, often carrying weights or pushing a hand truck. This leads to considerable physical strain due to disabilities. Further problems exist when reaching the upper shelf levels between approximately 1.70 and 2.00 m in height, since he has to use a ladder for this. Due to a possible seizure, climbing ladders and pedestals (because of the risk of falling) is associated with an increased risk or an increased risk of accidents for the warehouse manager. The lifting and carrying of heavy loads (e.g. wash basins, toilet pots, fire extinguishers, paint buckets etc.) should also be avoided due to disabilities. The provision of a circulation rack with a microprocessor control in connection with a PC with warehouse management software helps to significantly reduce the burden on the warehouse manager, since the storage and retrieval of the frequently handled small parts on this shelf can reduce the required distances by about 75 percent , This is also due to the fact that the warehouse management software provides constant inventory control and that a new order is automatically made when a minimum inventory is reached. The warehouse manager no longer has to count the items in the individual shelf compartments to determine inventory. Since the materials in the circulating shelf are always available nearby at table height or at an ergonomic storage and removal height, there is also no need for heavy lifting and carrying. By using the circulation rack, space is freed up in the rest of the warehouse so that the remaining larger items with a low turnover rate can be accommodated in ergonomically favorable heights in the shelf racks. The use of an electric fork lift truck makes work even easier, since it enables lifting, carrying and transport work to be carried out without great stress. The floor space saved by the installation of the circulation rack is required to widen the traffic routes in order to enable unhindered access to the aisles with the electric fork-lift pallet truck and the storage and retrieval of the heavy items at an ergonomically favorable working height. Due to the limited room height and the dependent size of the circulation rack, not all storage items can be accommodated in it. This does not necessarily make sense for articles with a low turnover rate. If necessary, an additional shelf can be added at a later date without any problems.

Assistive devices used:

Storage and supply systems (circulation racks) handheld pallet trucks

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Funding and participation:

The integration and inclusion office promoted the design for disabled people. The advice was provided by the technical advice service of the integration or inclusion office.

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Last Update: 15 Jul 2019