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Worst Case Scenario: Carpet buffer turns into bucking bronco for one cleaner

September 19, 2010
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It just goes to show that training keeps you grounded.

A co-worker and I were going to bonnet clean a doctor’s lounge one evening.

Well, we got into the lounge with our swing buffer and our bonnets, etc., and I asked my co-worker — who was still training at the time — if he had ever run a buffer on carpet before. He told me he had not.

I knew he had run a buffer on tile, but it is always a little different on carpet, especially if you get the friction built up between the pad and the carpet.

I tried to explain to him how to do this, but he wouldn’t listen to me — so I let him go for it himself.

I just stood back and held the cord out of his way while he plugged the machine in and put on a bonnet.

Here’s where the story steps up — the minute he hit the switch, the bonnet grabbed the carpet, because he forgot to wet it.

Away he went, spinning in circles like a bull rider at the national rodeo finals.

Before I could get the plug out of the wall, most of the cord had wrapped around him.

Somehow, he got to the switch and turned off the machine.

All of this because of arrogance!

However, every time we did something new from then on, he would make sure to listen to every word we told him.

Rod Augustine is custodial lead technician for Environmental Services at Hays Medical Center, Hays, KS.
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