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Crime-scene cleaning is gaining popularity

November 16, 2009
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NEWARK, NJ — Professional crime-scene cleaning is a relatively new but quickly expanding niche in the cleaning industry, according to the Newark Advocate.
Companies like AfterMath Inc. and PuroClean Disaster Response are of the numerous businesses established in response to the bloodborne pathogens standards set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the story stated.
Ron Lillibridge, owner of PuroClean Disaster Response, said: "It''s a traumatizing experience for everybody, and if you have to clean up after it, it''s that much worse. It''s good pay, but not something you look forward to. We make it easier for families to get through a terrible situation."
Employees can be paid by the hour or per job, and compensation is upwards of $30,000 a year, the story noted.
According to the story, fees for a cleaning can vary greatly depending on the surface, number of casualties and other factors, and costs can be anywhere from $1,500 to $50,000 or more.
Many crime-scene cleaners view themselves as part cleaner and part counselor, though they try not to become too involved in the situation, the story added.
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