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Survey: Equipment ergonomics to reduce injury

February 8, 2012

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, according to a press release.

A January 2012 survey was conducted for U.S. Products asking which type of portable carpet extractor — conventional box or upright dolly design — is the easiest to transport, the release stated.

According to the release, two-thirds said an upright dolly design machine is the most mobile; 22 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, the release noted.

"Certainly not all but some portable carpet extractor manufacturers have made significant ergonomic improvements in their machines," said 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 added.

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