Case Study
Workplace design for a production assistant with epilepsy and arm disabilities at a washing machine manufacturer


The company produces washing machines with its 420 employees.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man has impaired left arm function and seizures due to epilepsy. The seizures no longer occur after the adjustment to appropriate medication. The GdB (degree of disability) is 60.

Training and job:

The man attended a special school and has not learned a profession. He has worked for the employer for many years.

Workplace and duties:

The man works in the company's paint shop. In the paint shop he hangs brackets on which the sheets to be painted are later hung on a chain conveyor. For a short time now, the company has been using completely coated sheets instead of the single-sided coated sheets, which no longer have to be painted after cutting and edging. This eliminates the previous painting process and therefore the work place of the employee. The employee was transferred to another job. The employee's new workplace is in the company's packaging area. There he assembles or assembles the accessories (operating instructions, connecting parts, etc.) for the washing machines and packs them in plastic bags. For packaging, the parts made of paper, plastic and metal have to be put together and inserted into plastic bags. The foil bag is then sealed. The accessories are packed in a seated working position. The employee actually needs both hands to pack the accessories. Due to the functional limitations of the left hand, a packaging machine must be used that enables the employee to fold the accessories with the right hand. The actual packaging and welding must then be automatically carried out by the packaging machine.

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Funding and participation:

The packaging machine was funded 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: 21 May 2019