Gravity has an inevitable effect on people who slip, trip, stumble or lose their balance.
It brings them down to earth – or towards it – and their journey ends with a jolt when they hit the ground or whatever might interrupt their downwards journey.
It happens often.
More than 261,000 people were injured in falls at home last year, costing ACC $272 million.
Data released today tell us over 3,000 people were off work for more than 3 months as a result of falls in the home and almost 10,000 people were off work for more than a week.