Quick Fix: Grave Concerns

7 June 2013 Sophie Quick

Quick Fix: Grave Concerns

Illustration by Michael Weldon

Dear Quick Fix,

Following a recent workplace promotion, I have moved to a new office workstation and I have come into a new mouse and mousepad. It is a disaster. The new mousepad does not capitalise on any of the recent advancements in foam wrist-support technology. It doesn’t have a transparent gel wrist-buttress or even an ultra-grip super-sponge base. The mouse and mousepad are in no way moulded to my bodily contours and, frankly, I am not enjoying optimal wrist comfort. Should I quit my office job and take up a new line of work? I think I’d be pretty good at grave-robbery. Mouse Matters

Dear Mouse Matters,

Young people these days seem to think that there is nothing more to grave-robbery than prancing around cemeteries in vintage hats and jewellery. In fact, there are many ergonomic hazards. A career change would not necessarily represent the one-way ticket to optimal wrist comfort you appear to envisage. If you do decide to go through with it, however, you’re going to need to think very carefully about ergonomics and equipment. In terms of your shovel, I would go for a trench-mouth steel spade with a lightweight super-sponge handle in a visco-elastic low-resilience polyurethane. Quick Fix