Workplace injuries can affect almost any worker. Even seemingly safe occupations, such as carpet laying, can cause serious injuries. Carpet laying duties can lead to various injuries over time. Knee and back injuries are common because the job is physically demanding.
Carpet laying duties often involve a lot of physical work. Carpet installers measure and prepare rooms for the installation of carpet. They move furniture from the area where they are installing the carpet and remove the old carpet. Measuring the space and drawing up specifications for carpet can be physically demanding. Tearing up and disposing of old carpet is physically challenging. When installing the padded cushion, workers have to bend and do a lot of knee work. At times they also have to lift and carry over 100 pounds of weight, then roll out, measures, and cut the carpet into place, bending again and again.
When carpet workers cut off excess carpet they have to bend even more. Using a power stretcher to stretch the carpet and finishing the edges also requires the workers to bend over on their knees for extended periods of time. The use of carpet laying tools such as carpet shears, knee kickers, heat irons, wall trimmers, power stretchers, loop pile cutters and others also require a lot of physical work, and over time, this can cause various injuries including repetitive stress injuries.
Carpet installers need strength to do their work. The ability to use lower back and abdominal muscles to support upper body parts repeatedly and continuously over time without fatiguing or giving out. The workers also need to have extent flexibility, which means, the ability to bend their arms, legs or body, stretch, or twist. Finally, carpet installers also need a lot of static strength, the ability to apply muscle force to push, pull, lift and carry objects.
Carpet installers have to be on their feet walking and standing continuously for extended periods. They must be able to climb, reach outstretched, kneel, balance, crawl and crouch continuously. They should be able to carry up to 75-100 lbs at times. All this means the worker has to continuously perform physically demanding tasks, which can lead to a wide variety of injuries.
Workers compensation benefits for carpet installers
If you are a carpet installer, who has been injured in the workplace, or have developed a repetitive stress injury as a result of your job duties, you may be able to recover Missouri workers compensation benefits. Contact a St. Louis worker injury lawyer at the Law Office of James M. Hoffmann to discuss your case and understand your legal rights. Call (314) 361-4300 for a free consultation.