Tuesday, October 5, 2010
I hate it when that happens... Falls are among the most common workplace injuries. On average anyone hurt as the result of a fall misses one week of work. In a 1942 paper, physiologist, Hugh De Haven wrote of eight subjects who had survived falls of up to 150 feet on dry land, many with only minor injuries. The common denominator was something to break their fall or soften the impact, such as loose dirt or the hood of a car. Or in one astonishing but verified case: an iron bar, then metal screening, then a skylight and finally a metal-lath ceiling.