NK's ODDS & ENDS 7 :: HARNESS HAZARD
Falling from height is among the most common accident in most construction, shipping and other industries where people have to climb to heights to work or to inspect work.
Most of the time, it ended in death when the falling person hit bottom.
It used to be thought that all that was necessary to save the workers (and, why not, save inspectors too) from this fate was to get them to tie a strong waist belt and tie it to an anchor at the work level, by means of a cable.
Unfortunately, it didn't work out that way. When he (-- although it could be a she, either a worker, or a daring participant in a TV show) fell more than a few metres, after they got him down from his dangling position to the ground (or up to a secure platform), more often than not, they found him dying or dead, generally with no visible injuries.
His insides had been crushed by the shock of the belt when it reached the end of its run. And his spine had been broken.
It was the belt that had killed him. (See graphics below.)
That wasn't the end of it!