Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Interesting Fact of the Day

It was Franz Kafka who developed the safety helmet, popularly known today as the "hard hat." Soldiers had been wearing helmets for centuries, but usually only for combat. Before Kafka, apparently nobody had seriously tried to adopt the military helmet for civilian use on construction sites or factory floors, let alone demand its use, as Kafka did. He was appalled by the number of fatal occupational head injuries reported to the Institute, and received a medal for this invention in 1912, because it reduced Bohemian steel mill deaths to fewer than 25 per 1,000 employees.

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