Reducing knee morbidity among carpetlayers

Am J Public Health. 1989 Mar;79(3):334-5. doi: 10.2105/ajph.79.3.334.


Carpetlayers have a high prevalence of occupational knee morbidity, partly attributable to their use of the knee kicker to stretch carpet for wall-to-wall installation. While a mechanical alternative "power stretcher" is available, knee kickers are still widely used. A questionnaire survey indicated that unavailability of the mechanical stretcher at installation sites was a major factor for continued use of the knee kicker. Strategies to reduce use of the knee kicker are discussed.

MeSH terms

  • Floors and Floorcoverings
  • Health Education
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries / etiology*
  • Knee Injuries / prevention & control
  • Occupational Diseases / etiology*