Wheelchairs For Kids Inc. (WFK) Workshop
Volunteers and visitors are given full access to WFK Workshop facilities.
Overall supervision of the workshop is carried out by the Workshop Manager. Supervision of the individual manufacturing steps for wheelchair components is carried out by nominated supervisors.
All personnel wear and use appropriate protective gear (PPE) ranging from a minimum of solid footwear to Eye, Hand and Ear protection. Work practices are in place to eliminate hazards to volunteer workers in the performance of their duties. First aid kits and defibrillators are readily available.
A safety noticeboard showing emergency evacuation procedures are provided. Qualified first aid officers are available and names are posted.
Relevant operating procedures for equipment and operating instructions are placed adjacent or attached to equipment.
Adequate ventilation for the type of work being performed is provided where required.
All belt driven machinery is supplied with permanent guards.
The Workshops are kept neat and tidy with regular housekeeping.
All Workshop equipment is inspected regularly.
Step 1: In the Process – Lengths of extruded aluminium are supplied into the Workshop and racked in preparation for cutting, drilling and shaping for wheelchair components.
Metal drop-saws are used to accurately cut individual components to length. Component pieces are set up in jigs mounted on drill presses and drilled as required.
Sheet aluminium parts for handle assemblies are cut and shaped in a special purpose booth.
Cut and bent components are transferred by trolley to locations within the Workshop complex for assembling into sub-units. Handle assemblies are produced from bent tube and flat sheet parts resulting in left and right hand wheelchair handles.
Step 2: In the Process
Seat, back, and footrest plastic blanks are supplied from our store
These are drilled at workstations set up with jigs for multiple drilling.
These predrilled backs and seat plastics are assembled onto seat framing aluminium members cutting and drilling operation.
Footplate plastics are assembled onto aluminium components to form left and right hand footplates.
Seat modules are fitted with handles and harnesses sourced from our store.
Brake components are assembled.
Chassis frames complete with front jockey wheels are transferred and assembled with seat units, footplates and brake units to form complete chairs minus two main wheels.
After undergoing testing and final adjustment, complete chairs are individually packaged (with two main wheels provided loose) for export in boxes.
Separate ancillary activities in the Workshop include harness, tool kit, headrest and padded cushion preparation for inclusion in the export packing box.
Step 3: In the Process
Three CNC milling machines are used extensively to produce various wheelchair components from aluminium bar, angle and plate stock. When programmed by our skilled volunteers, these machines produce parts that are dimensionally 100% correct with a high quality finish.
This Workshop also houses a rug and toy room for all the rugs and toys produced by our ladies auxiliary group for issue in the same box as each wheelchair consigned overseas.
A recycling section deals with donated scrap metal items preparing them for feeding to Recyclers as a fund raising effort for WFK.
Step 4: In the Process
Newly unboxed chassis are put through an alignment checking process and front pivot wheel bearings are checked and replaced if necessary prior to transferring over to the western side of the workshop.
Newly purchased wheelchair components are stored in racks across the side and back of the workshop.
Two Testing machines are also located on the western side of the workshop. One unit performs timed duration tests on simulated rough terrain and the other performs drop/ impact testing. This ensures compliance with relevant international standards for simulated conditions in the field.