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And I'm sure he was wearing his safety glasses....
Chris: Ooh - I hope so Elizabeth
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 9 Mar 2016, 04:55
I wonder how the health and safety Union though about this scene... a kitchen ladder..and he is too high on that baby-step-ladder. And the man on the right is going on a vacation, he already packed his hands..
I have to say, I love the difference between 'before and after'...
Chris: Health & safety dictates that one man will do the job whilst a minimum of five others shall watch Astrid
Les badauds n'ont pas peur d'être mouillés.
Chris: The onlookers were happy just to watch Martine
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Mar 2016, 06:32
I have the same question like Astrid - yes, the difference can be seen!
Chris: So it's worth it in the end then Philine..
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 9 Mar 2016, 06:49
I wonder how it got into such a state
Chris: Oh I expect it was me throwing mud pies at the wall Lisl..
HA! I love the play on words, Chris. Good one.
Chris: It has resonance with UK politics too Ginnie, but you would obviously not know that
And tough on the causes of grime, I hope Tiff.
Chris: That was the conclusion you were expected to come to Chad. Go to the top of the class!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 Mar 2016, 10:07
Tch. I could make a fortune selling dust masks in the UK. And that guy holding the ladder down with his foot, while playing pocket marbles, is missing a few safety attributes. I hope you pointed out their erroneous work approaches.
Chris: You would sell no dust masks here Louis, this is steam!
I notice many of your stone buildings could do with a simple pressure wash, some of the churches especially.
Chris: Some certainly do Mary
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 9 Mar 2016, 10:32
So, one worker then his manager watched by his manager's manager and his manager's manager's manager.. I think. It can't be a council job as there would be even more managers and H&S barriers and signs and someone doing an ethnicity check.
Chris: I agree this whole operation is hugely understaffed..
Good title, Chris...The treatment seems to work.
Chris: It's the joy of steam cleaning Frank..
Why is the guy at the base of the ladder not wearing a mask of some sort?
Chris: It's only steam Brian
  • Penny
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Mar 2016, 13:17
Love the title Chris!
Chris: Why thank you Penny!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Mar 2016, 15:06
Like Astrid, I was thinking health and safety - where are the ear defenders and face masks?
Chris: And body armour, exclusion zone, etc etc..
I seem to recall when they cleaned the buildings in Birmingham they had scaffolding and large sheets and water was sort of tricked down to clean the stone without damaging it. This is more like a cowboy patio cleaning approach
Chris: Very much a cowboy thing. In Bath when Georgian buildings are cleaned they use the system you describe
so that's how they do it! and how long would it take for the walls seen in this image to be 'done', Chris.
Chris: Probably forever at the pace they were moving Ayush
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 9 Mar 2016, 18:59
Typical ... one man working five men watching
Chris: This is the stance that made England great, is it not?
...but on the causes of grime? smile
Chris: Oh no..
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Mar 2016, 07:19
Another Banksy bites the dust!

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