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I'm right at 6' tall and have plenty of experience "standing" in water ~ 5' deep. I use quote marks around the word standing because I have little stability at that height, being so close to neutral buoyancy. I might charitably presume that these workers confined their activities to ankle deep water, but the risk of puncture of those crude plastic bag shoe covers is extreme and calls into question the judgment of those in charge. Foot high galoshes, or overshoes, would be appropriate for depths up to about 4" and hip boots up to perhaps 18". Above that the danger of slip and fall becomes too great, given the consequences. IMO. And the wet suit comment was sarcasm, but not directed towards you.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 06:53:58 AM EST
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I didn't take it as sarcasm. I wonder if anyone had thought that radiation suits would need to be used for immersion in radioactive water...

So, in what may be my last act of "advising", I'll advise you to cut the jargon. -- My old PhD advisor, to me, 26/2/11
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Mar 27th, 2011 at 11:46:56 AM EST
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