It’s not like we’re constantly thinking about what we should do in case we fall from a building. This article is also not suggesting you go try and jump from a 47-story building. But you know, being armed with knowledge about what you can do if you ever find yourself falling from great height is not such a bad idea. It’s not like you can Google it while you’re falling.
One guy, Alcides Moreno, has proved that we can fall from great height and survive. This man was a window washer, so it was essential for him to know due to his day-to-day working life being spent at great height. It doesn’t take super powers to survive, all you need is to know the right techniques.
In December of 2007, his brother Edgar and Alcides where about to start work on a 47-story apartment building. When both brothers set foot on the scaffolding, the anchors gave way and everything, including the two brothers, started falling rapidly to the ground.
Even if you never find yourself in Alcides’ situation, you can still prevent injury when falling at home or somewhere public. Falling anywhere from the shower to somewhere public, say a park or a club. The key is to learn how to fall.
Even doctors are encouraging people to learn how to fall. Doctors “have started to think of accidental falls as less of an unpredictable hazard and more of an inevitability that needs to be prepared for.” Some people get away with a tiny bruise on their heads but others have had it much worse. Falls can be caused by several things including slipping and fainting.
Dr. Stephen Robinovitch, a professor at the School of Engineering Science and the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology at Simon Fraser University talks about the different stages of a fall. He says, “We can think of falls as having three stages: initiation, descent, and impact. We have found that falls among older adults in long-term care are just as likely to occur during standing and transferring as during walking.”
11. Protect The Head
Whatever causes your fall, it’s important to know the actions you should take. Priority should be given to the head. Experts recommend that you protect your head from the fall. Once the head is protected, experts recommend rolling and ensuring “that the fleshy parts of your body absorb the brunt of the impact.”
“You want to reach back for the floor with your hands,” explains Chuck Coyle. The latter is a fight director at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, teaching actors how to properly fall on stage. “Distribute the weight on the calf, thigh, into the glutes, rolling on the outside of your leg as opposed to falling straight back,” he explains.
You won’t come away from the fall unscathed but you can prevent serious injuries. Moreover, if you or your family members are prone to falls, proof your home and make it safer. You can do this by installing safety bars on stairs or in the shower. You can get rid of loose carpets and have a well-lit home.
Alcides’s survival is rare and it wouldn’t have happened if he hadn’t been well-trained. After the accident, Alcides wasn’t able to go back to work but he has received a settlement as it was found that the scaffold wasn’t properly secured. Just recently, Alcides celebrated the birth of his fourth child with his wife.
15. Everyday Falls
OK, so we might not be heading outside to clean the windows of a 47-story building anytime soon. Still, we can fall doing everyday things like slipping in the shower or even more common, falling in public because we were too distracted looking at our phone. If this is a common problem, then Conan may have found the solution for you.