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Checkout Counter Modification for a Cashier with Short Stature

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Situation

Standard Target Cashier Station
Standard Target Cashier Station

Maria, who stands 4’9” tall, was experiencing shoulder discomfort to work at a standard checkout counter at Target. The checkout counters, scanners and keyboards are all at the same height, and were too high for Maria to comfortably access.


Accommodation

Unfinished Collapsible Platform with Railing
Unfinished Collapsible Platform with Railing
Finished Collapsible Platform with Railing
Finished Collapsible Platform with Railing
Maria Putting the Accommodation to Use
Maria Putting the Accommodation to Use

It was decided to build a platform 6 inches high to provide Maria with improved access to the scanner, bags, keyboard, etc. The requirements for the modification were that it had to be lightweight enough for Maria to assemble and disassemble, collapsible for storage, and safe – fall prevention is necessary where a raised platform is installed. The final corporate requirement was to finish the accommodation with a Target-red paint job.


Cost Analysis

$50 (lumber, paint, and two aluminum poles). Five or six hours total probably went into construction of this modification.


Acknowledgements

Michael Cifaldi, rehabilitation engineer

North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

michael.cifaldi@dhhs.nc.gov


[1] http://www.WorkRERC.org