One thousand seven hundred and fifty that is a large number, it is also the same number of unknowing fans that are on average injured in stands at baseball games every year from foul-balls or broken bats. There has luckily only been one recorded death from a foul ball-related injury (Alan Fish, 1970), though last year a woman was hit in the face by a baseball causing her to lose several of her teeth.
73% that is the number of balls that fly into the stands, and though catching a foul ball may make your day if it is flying to fast or hits you the wrong way it could spell for disaster. Which is why ballparks across Major League Baseball including Fenway Park and Tin Caps are extending their safety netting to cover more area in order to prevent the harder hitting baseballs or slipped-away bats from entering the stands and harming the audience.
All of this is great, but should we only be worried about unexpected things falling from above when at a baseball game?
What about at work?
If you work at a factory, warehouse or even walk by a high-rise construction site you could be at risk of something falling and hitting you unexpectedly. But it could and most likely will have a much more serious result then being hit by a baseball.
So what can be done in order to keep you safe?
Well, it is very similar to what they do at a baseball park in order to keep you safe. You put up some special netting meant to keep objects from above falling onto the ground or people below. This special netting has many names including Material Handling Industrial Nets, Pallet Netting, Warehouse Safety Netting and my favourite RackGuard Netting, and it is one of the best ways to prevent things that are above from crashing down into the ground below.
So now if you walk by a high-rise construction site and see netting up above where the workers are building you know why it is there! Or if you tour/work a warehouse and notice netting blocking the industrial shelving units you know it is that company’s way of keeping you and its workers safe. If you take a tour/work of a factory and notice a conveyor with a net around it you know that, that company is doing all they can do in order keep their workers safe. And the next time you go to a baseball game and notice the now extended netting in the stadium you know that the stadium owners are trying to keep you safe as well.