Carpet Cleaning Work Injury Survey Looks at Equipment Ergonomics
Mukilteo, WA – A recent survey of carpet cleaning technicians has found that some have experienced injuries while using carpet cleaning equipment when working at both residential and commercial facilities.
The January 2012 survey was conducted for U.S. Products, a leading manufacturer of professional carpet cleaning equipment, and was first posted on the company’s Facebook site. As of February 3, 2012, 69 respondents had completed the survey.
Asked which type of portable carpet extractor—conventional box or upright dolly design—is the easiest to transport, two-thirds said an upright dolly design machine is the most mobile. Twenty-two percent voted for conventional box machines, while the rest reported they were unsure.
When asked if they have ever experienced an injury using a portable carpet extractor regardless of the type, slightly more than 74 percent said no; 26 percent responded yes.
Digging deeper, 65 percent of the respondents said they believe today’s carpet extractors “are getting easier to move and maneuver.” Only 4 percent disagreed, while 31 percent said today’s machines are about the same as those made a few years back when it comes to maneuverability.
“Certainly not all but some [portable carpet extractor] manufacturers have made significant [ergonomic] improvements in their machines,” says Mark Baxter, Engineer and Product Manager with U.S. Products. “They are lighter and easier to maneuver. Extractors with an upright, dolly design have definitely proved to be more ergonomic, helping [to] keep injuries down.”
Baxter adds that reducing injuries when performing carpet cleaning and other cleaning tasks is a more serious matter than many end users realize.
“The [U.S.] Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that more than 40,000 janitors and professional cleaners have job-related illnesses or injuries each year. As carpet extractors are designed more ergonomically, the number of job-related injuries in the carpet and professional cleaning industry likely will be reduced considerably.”
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U.S. Products is a leading manufacturer of carpet, upholstery, drapery, stone, concrete, and tile cleaning and restoration equipment, tools, and chemicals for the floorcare professional. In manufacturing, quality, reliability, and innovation are words that are frequently advertised. At U.S. Products, our track record demonstrates that we have put these words into action.