Case Study
Workplace design for a leg handicapped truck driver at a packaging manufacturer


The company produces packaging material, paper bags and shopping bags with its 106 employees.

Disability and functional restriction of the employee:

The man has a back problem and joint wear and tear in his knees and hips. Because of these disabilities, he should generally avoid high and long-term strain on the knee or hip joints, frequent bending and lifting and carrying loads. In addition, it should not be used specifically for driving activities which, when sitting, lead to increased stress on the spine due to frequent strong impacts and vibrations. The GdB (degree of disability) is 50. The employee had already been unable to work for several months due to complaints related to his disabilities. After completing medical rehab, he returned to the company.

Training and job:

The man did not learn a trade and has been with the company for many years. After initially working in production and in the warehouse, he was later employed as a delivery driver for health reasons.

Workplace and duties:

The employee is responsible for delivering the paper bags and carrier bags to wholesalers, in rare cases also directly to retail stores. A 7.5 ton truck with manual transmission was available to him for the transport. When driving the truck, he had problems in particular with the frequent use of the clutch and brake pedals and the need to climb onto the loading area. The existing driver's seat also did not meet the disability-related requirements. The delivery driver also had difficulties opening and closing the heavy side walls of the truck. Since the existing truck could not be converted to meet the needs of the disabled, the company acquired a new vehicle and equipped it according to the needs of the employee. The new vehicle has an automatic transmission and an engine brake to make the laborious operation of pedals superfluous as much as possible. In addition, an ergonomic, heated and shock-absorbing driver's seat and an electrically adjustable right exterior mirror were installed. An auxiliary heater, in conjunction with the seat heating, prevents the driver's cab from cooling down in cold weather, as well as waiting times, and thus serves to prevent kidney diseases. To avoid climbing onto the loading area, the truck has a height-adjustable hydraulic tail lift or tail lift. A pallet truck, for possibly adjusting the load on the loading area, is also available in the loading space.

Assistive devices used:

Vehicle accessories and adaptations Motor vehicle seats and cushions as well as accessories and adjustments (driver's seats) hand-operated pallet truck (pallet truck)

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 and inclusion office.

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Last Update: 20 Apr 2021