Case Study
Workplace design for a kitchen delivery driver with spine disability and diabetes


The company sells kitchens for private households. The company's order situation has developed very well, so that the company was able to take on a new additional employee.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man has a back disease and type II diabetes mellitus (diabetes), which can still be treated with tablets. Due to the treatment, his blood sugar is well controlled and it is possible to drive vehicles. The GdB (degree of disability) is 50. The man should only be used to a limited extent for manual load transport, especially in certain postures (stooped or bent), and activities with frequent or strong shocks and vibrations that lead to increased stress on the spine should be avoided.

Training and job:

The man was unemployed for a few years and was newly hired by the company as a delivery driver for kitchen furniture.

Workplace and duties:

The delivery driver's area of responsibility includes loading a small truck with the kitchen parts to be delivered as well as unloading the kitchen parts for customers. To set up the new workplace, a new delivery vehicle with a special box body for transporting furniture, an air-sprung seat, an electrically operated mirror on the passenger side and a built-in and pull-out scissor staircase was purchased for the employee. The scissor stair enables easy and simple loading and unloading of the vehicle because it is easy to walk on. The air-cushioned suspension seat strongly dampens shocks and vibrations while driving, thus avoiding stress on the spine. The individual kitchen parts are generally not very heavy and large and can be carried by one person without great physical effort. Basically, two people are available for loading and unloading the vehicle, so that the employee does not experience excessive physical strain during his work.

Assistive devices used:

Motor vehicle seats and cushions as well as accessories and adjustments (driver's seats)

Funding and participation:

The disability-friendly design was subsidized by the integration and inclusion office. The advice was provided by the technical advice service of the integration and inclusion office. The reintegration of severely disabled and long-term unemployed employees to participate in working life was promoted by the employment agency through an integration or wage subsidy.

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Last Update: 20 Apr 2021