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Situation

A 40+ year old woman with a brain injury and chronic pain, primarily in her neck, shoulders and back resulting from a car accident. She is a silk artist, operating a home-based business. Her brain injury affects her organizational abilities, her ability to remember steps, and her ability to keep track of time. Her neck and back pain are impacted by the physical demands of her work. She has lifting, pulling and pushing restrictions. She must alternate between sitting and standing every 30 minutes.

Demands of Job: She needs to draw on silk, and then paint on it. When painting on the silk, it must be supported 5 inches off the table on a frame. Painting in an elevated position results in fatigue.

She needs to handle a large (5 foot) roll of paper to wrap the painted silk in prior to steaming it. The roll is very heavy, and cumbersome to handle. She works on pieces of different size, some quite large, and works in a cramped room. Her office workspace is very small, and her computer keyboard and monitor were poorly positioned. Her office chair fell apart on the day of the assessment.


Accommodation

Organizational Accommodations:

A vocational evaluator and trainer worked with her on organizing her work and developing compensatory strategies, including a timer or electronic organizer to remind her when to do different tasks and filing systems for improved organization.

Ergonomic equipment recommended:

1.Portable phone with headset

2.Workstation for her office and computer with improved keyboard surface and writing surface

3.Ergonomic chair with range of height-adjustability for working at either computer or painting table

4.Height-adjustable worktable (electric controls), with leaves/extensions to create larger work surface, depending on the size of the piece

5.Paper roll holder/ripper, on wheels


Expandable, Height-adjustable Table:

The client required a table that could adjust in height depending on the stage of work (drawing, painting) and based on whether she was working from a seated or standing position. She also needed to have the table adjust in size. Because she was working with limited space in her home-based studio, she wanted it smaller in size most of the time. For larger pieces, it needed to expand. We worked with an office furniture supplier. They provided the height adjustable base and main table, and provided leaves according to our specifications.

We devised a leaf system that was easy for her to operate (within her lifting restrictions). We made sure the leaves in the front folded under the table so that she could work from the front from a seated position. We also needed to provide clearance for the mounting of the legs and height adjustment mechanism. The table surface and leaves were assembled in our shop, and installed on site once the base had been delivered.


Mobile paper roll holder/ripper:

A large roll of paper is required for wrapping the silk before steaming it. The roll was cumbersome and very heavy. A paper roll holder was developed in which the roll slid up a slick phenolic resin board ramp and located itself by means of a pin on the base, and one on the top. It was supported by a lazy susan so it was easily rotated. A paper ripper bar was supported on the frame to give the artist a straight edge for the tear. A bungee cord holds the bar against the roll so the paper does not unfurl. The paper roll holder is on a mobile tool stand that locks into position so it can be easily moved within her studio.

Cost Analysis

•Portable phone with headset (just over $100)

•Workstation for her office and computer with improved keyboard surface and writing surface (unknown price)

•Ergonomic chair with 20-28 inch range of height-adjustability for working at either computer or painting table ($735)

•Height-adjustable worktable (electric controls), with leaves/extensions to create larger work surface, depending on the size of the piece ($1,098-table itself; $1,880 in parts and labor for custom leaves and installation)

•Paper roll holder/ripper, on wheels ($1,745 parts, labor-design, fabrication, and delivery)

•Additional fees: Assessment/consultation time (included 2 trips to her home, 2 to chair/office furniture suppliers, travel, research, report-writing): 10 hours @ $80/hr = $800


Repeatability of Solution

Working sketches were completed for the table. Standard components were used for the table extensions. Sketches were completed for the base unit of the paper roll holder; key features were not documented.


Acknowledgements

Dianne Goodwin, ME, ATP

BlueSky Designs, Inc.

540 Fairview Ave. N., Suite 207

St. Paul, MN 55104

651-603-0828 ph

651-917-0137 fax

dianne@blueskydesigns.us



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