Cadence Keen Innovations Introduces Bed MadeEZ™ to Solve a Growing Concern in the Hospitality Industry
Unique new bed-making accessory applauded by housekeepers, insurance veterans and branded chains
Cadence Keen Innovations (CKI), a leading inventor and provider of sleep solutions for the hospitality industry, today announced the debut of the Bed MadeEZ™, a new housekeeping device designed to reduce the fatigue and injuries associated with changing linens. Bed MadeEZ utilizes a unique wedge-shaped, ergonomic design that inserts effortlessly between the mattress and the box spring, creating an automatic lift as it slides in. The mattress can then rest in a raised position, eliminating the need for repeated lifting as the linens are changed. This innovative device is aimed at reducing back strain and injury experienced by housekeepers, a leading source of Workers' Compensation claims in the hospitality industry.
A recent study conducted on the impact of heavier mattresses revealed that room attendants are 48% more likely to be injured on the job than the typical worker in the service sector, and also have a 51% higher chance of incurring serious, disabling injuries. This risk was not lost on OSHA, which found that the strain of making 12 or more king-size beds a day exceeds the federal occupational standards set by the U.S. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. As a result, fines are now being imposed on hotels by state regulators in excess of $14,000 per citation. Potential Workers' Compensation claims and lost workdays can also be very costly for hotels.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average claim due to a back-related injury was $8,321. Likewise, a recent survey of 1,000 housekeepers in Las Vegas found that:
- 95% of room cleaning personnel reported physical pain caused by lifting
- 47% of room cleaning personnel reported severe or very severe pain
- 67% saw a doctor for the pain experienced
- 37% took time off work due to pain
"While hotel beds are some of the most comfortable anywhere, and figure prominently in the marketing campaigns of many brands, the data is indisputable. Heavier mattresses are posing a huge risk to the housekeeper and costing hotels thousands in claims," stated Montross. "The use of Bed MadeEZ will lead to greater employee retention rates, lower insurance premiums and safer working environments."
Arthur J. Gallagher & Company, one of the world's largest insurance brokerage and risk management services, agrees. "We have seen an alarming increase in the number of injuries caused by heavy lifting," stated Jim Stover, vice president of loss prevention for the hospitality division of AJ Gallagher. "Bed MadeEZ has the potential to reduce Workers' Compensation claims and lost workdays due to pain and injury."
Since finalizing the design and beginning production of the Patent Pending Bed MadeEZ in late April, CKI has received hundreds of orders for samples and demonstrations, ranging from select service hotels to 5-star resorts as well as some of the world's most prominent hotel brands. For more information on Bed MadeEZ or other Cadence Keen Innovations products, please contact Steven Gordon at 888.222.2217 or visit www.cadencekeen.com.
About Cadence Keen Innovations | Headquartered in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Cadence Keen Innovations is one of the leading providers of sleep solutions to the hospitality industry. Originally founded by Sam Montross as China Horse, Inc. in 1996 with the introduction of the first bed doubler systems, Cadence Keen Innovations offers a comprehensive line of mattress care products. CKI designs and manufactures cutting edge waterproof mattress protectors and encasements for mattresses, pillows and box springs. All CKI products are designed and manufactured in the U.S.A. Bed MadeEZ™ is Cadence Keen Innovation's latest patent pending invention, designed to reduce the back, shoulder and neck pain associated with the repeated lifting of heavy hotel mattresses. For more information, please visit www.cadencekeen.com or call 1.888.222.2217.