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New health risk PDF
Monday, 28 March 2011 00:00

You’ve all heard of Tennis Elbow, Jogger’s Nipple, Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), Cauliflower Ears and Footballer’s Knee. I’ve just discovered a new health risk – Jet-washer’s Thumb!

Two days of jet-washing mouldy and flaking walls and dingy-looking terracing has left me with an aching thumb from having to hold the button in the ‘on’ position all the time and from the vibration as water rushes through the gun at high pressure.

Doing the terracing gives you neck-ache too, because you are looking constantly at the ground, as you aim the lance. No wonder nobody wants to do jet-washing! J, my stepson, made a few bob doing it for other people in a certain mountain village last Spring and he’s already booked up again this year. He’s really looking forward to it ... (not!)

The good thing about jet-washing, though, the job satisfaction is instantaneous, as you watch the blade of water cutting through the grime at a pressure of 1200psi.

The volume of water produced is huge, therefore, if you’ve got a garden, at least the water gets used twice, so to speak.

What’s the cure for Jet-washer’s Thumb, then? Don’t jet-wash, I guess!

© Paul Whitelock

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Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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