Joseph Strauss, the engineer of the golden Gate Bridge, mandated that a net be installed under the bridge for safety while being built. This was revolutionary at the time. The net caught 19 men who fell, saving all of them from a certain death.

Joseph Strauss (engineer)

For other people with the same name, see Joseph Strauss (disambiguation).

Joseph Baermann Strauss (January 9, 1870 – May 16, 1938) was an American structural engineer who revolutionized the design of bascule bridges. He was the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge.

Life, beginnings and death

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to an artistic family of German-Jewish ancestry, having a mother who was a pianist and a father, Raphael Strauss, who was a writer and painter. His pianist mother had an unfortunate accident which ultimately ended her concert career.[citation needed] He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1892. He served as both class poet and president, and is a brother of the Sigma Alpha … Continue Reading (3 minute read)

6 thoughts on “Joseph Strauss, the engineer of the golden Gate Bridge, mandated that a net be installed under the bridge for safety while being built. This was revolutionary at the time. The net caught 19 men who fell, saving all of them from a certain death.”

  1. highoncraze

    Such a simple, low cost, high benefit measure that I’m *almost* surprised it was revolutionary in 1933.

  2. RollingWithMyDemons

    The only fatal accident was when a whole basket of men fell overwhelming the net. Also the first job with mandatory hardhats.

  3. Varkoth

    Maybe they should consider reinstalling that net.

  4. Choppergold

    Of the 19 gross, 19 net

  5. ThatGuyNamedKal

    I was working at my desk on the 2nd floor a few years back, there was a new office block being built opposite (about 15 floors high), this building was close – around 20m away – close enough we could see right into the 2nd floor on this construction site. I’d often look at the construction when I was taking a break.

    You can imagine our surprise when one day we’re just enjoying a break watching the 2nd floor opposite and this red-coloured overall wearing workman falls out of nowhere and lands in the net at high speed.

    I’ve never seen anyone look so sheep-ish, he scrambled out, perhaps thinking nobody had seen and then he glances over to our parallel building and realised about 50 people gawking back.

    So damn pleased there was a net there – not as pleased as that guy was though!.

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