Slips, trips and falls are the top causes of workplace injury. Over the last year alone, these incidents were responsible for 95 million lost days of work, and represent about 25% of all workplace injury claims each year. These injuries are especially common in warehouse environments, where there is a 75% greater-than-average injury rate.
Because of the prevalence of these types of injuries — and because of the negative effects they can have on workplace efficiency and productivity — the market for equipment that will reduce their likelihood has grown significantly over recent years.
Perhaps the most popular piece of equipment that prevents slips, trips and falls is the industrial floor scrubber. Additionally, these floor scrubbers can boost productivity, reducing operating costs and saving time by more quickly cleaning the warehouse’s floor surfaces.
Not sure which variety of industrial floor scrubber is best for your warehouse or industrial work environment? Here’s a guide to the two main categories of floor scrubbers — walk behind and ride-on scrubbers — that will help you understand their differences:
Walk behind floor scrubbers
As their name implies, walk behind floor scrubbers are guided by the operator, who stands behind the machine; most walk behind floor scrubbers don’t actually need to be pushed, however, making the job easier for the operator. These floor scrubbers use a diluted cleaning solution for optimal efficiency, and come in a variety of widths to handle aisles of all sizes.
Ride-on floor scrubbers
Ride-on floor scrubbers are ideal for larger floor spaces that need to be cleaned in a short amount of time, as they can be operated continuously. These floor scrubbers can carry large amounts of water and are equipped with high-power batteries. These machines typically come equipped with floor sweeping capabilities, as well.
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