by Ned Stoller Ned Stoller

Folding Ladders Keep Workers Climbing

Can you lift a leg high enough to step up onto a bar stool?  Skilled tradesmen are forced to do that each time they climb onto heavy machinery.  Powerful machinery saves labor and allows skilled trade workers to complete difficult tasks safely and efficiently.  Workers with disabling illness or injury need these machines more than ever, but struggle to access the operator station.  We will discuss how skilled tradesmen use heavy machinery and the typical methods to climb into the operator station.  With custom designed folding ladders, skilled workers with disabling illness or injury can safely climb to the operator’s station and continue their careers.

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by Ned Stoller Ned Stoller

Disability Work Tools in the Beginning

Personal Assistive Technology Consultation has been one of the top 3 goals of DisabilityWorkTools.com from the beginning, because it is the conviction the Lord placed on my heart in the beginning.  In 1997 I was graduating from Purdue University with a degree in Agricultural Engineering and desired to work directly with people.  I did not want to sit in a cubicle designing pistons, I wanted to…

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Find A Trade That Matches Your Abilities

Ladder on semi truck trailer so workers can climb easier.

Is it reasonable for a person with severe visual impairments to operate high-tolerance machines to manufacture parts with a lathe and mill?  Would that be a good recommendation?

 

Skilled tradesmen with disabling conditions can search for the best and worst trades for their specific abilities.  The O*NET program is the nation’s primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors.

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Yes, We Do Assistive Technology Assessments

Ned Stoller from Disability Work Tools performing a work site assistive technology assessment for a truck driver with an injured leg.Assistive technology assessments help individual workers determine which assistive technologies and strategies will improve their functioning on the job in spite of a disabling condition.  We assess: a) the required activities to successfully perform a job, b) the human factors of the worker, and c) the environment in which the work will be done.  Without an assistive technology assessment, a worker and his employer will not be aware of the many ways to make a tradesman’s worksite accessible to a person with a disability.

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