More than half of all car wash employees in the United States are men, and they’re far more likely to be male than women, according to a study published Tuesday in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
The findings are based on data collected by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which tracks injuries and fatalities from 2009 to 2014.
Among the findings: Men are more likely than women to be involved in car-wash accidents, and men are more than twice as likely as women to suffer a head injury or a neck injury, said the study’s lead author, Dr. Richard B. Kranz, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“This is a big problem for us as a society, because this is an area where we really need to think about what we’re doing to improve the safety of the workplace,” he said.
Among those who did not wear a protective helmet, women accounted for 28% of all injuries, followed by men at 16%.
The findings highlight the need for workplace safety policies that promote a better understanding of gender, Kranzen said.
“There are many ways that we can prevent head injury and other serious injuries, but not all ways work for everyone,” he added.
The study analyzed data from the National Head Start Survey, conducted between 2011 and 2014.
It included a detailed description of each person’s head size, head circumference and helmet size.
A full analysis of data from another survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, is due to be released in late March.
The data also included data about how many hours per week each worker worked.
Among all workers, the average head circumference was 44.5 centimeters (20 inches), and the average helmet size was 13.8 cm (4.5 inches).
For men, the median head circumference for men was 44 centimeters (19 inches), for women it was 37.6 centimeters (18.3 inches), according to the study.
Among women, the typical head circumference is 46.6 cm (20.9 inches).
Among men, for every 100 inches of circumference, the men’s average helmet diameter was 6.2 cm (2.2 inches), while the women’s average was 6 cm (3.2).
The average head-to-head contact time between workers was 10.4 seconds, compared to 9.9 seconds for men and 8.3 seconds for women.
The average time it took a worker to lose consciousness was 18.2 seconds, while for women, it was 18 seconds.
Krenz, who is a professor of preventive medicine at Johns Hopkins University, said he was not surprised that the number of men and women injured in car wash accidents increased over time.
The car wash is a stressful and physically demanding job for employees, and a large percentage of those injured are men.
“We have to consider the male and female populations and the age group,” Krens said.
According to the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, one in three workers is injured in a car wash accident.
The number of head injuries in the U.S. has doubled since 1999, and the incidence of neck injuries in workers has nearly doubled.
While men make up about 75% of the U:P workforce, women account for 55% of injuries and injuries to the head.
“I don’t think that’s surprising given that there are so many things that women need to do to be able to work safely,” Kranzan said.
Men make up a majority of those who use a carwash, and women have an increased need for protective equipment, he added, citing the need to protect the shoulders and knees.
According the National Women’s Law Center, men make the majority of medical device sales in the country, and have been for years.
However, the number is growing rapidly, and as a result, men and boys are injured more often.
Kansans who do not have insurance or are not insured are more vulnerable to injuries, and many employers do not consider insurance requirements to be part of their employee wellness policies, said Karen M. Johnson, senior vice president of policy and advocacy for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
“It’s critical that we educate our employees about the importance of wearing a helmet and protective equipment and training them about how to wear them,” she said.
Johnson added that some states have already started implementing helmet policies, but the legislation is often complicated and can be time-consuming and expensive to implement.
The NALC and other advocacy groups have advocated for more gender-neutral policies, such as requiring employees to wear helmets while doing car washing.
But Johnson said she is encouraged that the data released Tuesday shows that there is an improvement in workplace safety.
“What we’ve seen in this study is that men and female workers are doing a lot better than the male workers,” she added.
“As the number and severity of injuries increases, I think it’s important that we