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Osterberg – We All Fall Down

About the Book

We All Fall Down is a user’s guide to help us reduce our chances of falling and being injured during falls. Through case studies and analysis, the book provides practical advice on how to observe hazards in parking lots, on sidewalks, at doorways, on stairways, and at other locations we all encounter in our day-to-day lives.

My goal in writing this book is to make people aware of hazards and to make the physical environment a bit safer for everyone. If it helps even one person avoid falling, or getting injured in a fall, my efforts will have been worthwhile.

— Arvid Osterberg

Praise for the Book

There are more than 36,000 deaths a year in the United States that are attributed to accidental falls. Accidents which, for the most part could have been avoided. As an expert witness for hundreds of personal injury cases due to falls, Dr. Arvid Osterberg illustrates through case studies and anecdotal references, the causes, cures, and precautions that we all need to be aware of. Our modern society, while making strides toward a safer environment, still has plenty of dangerous conditions when and where we expect consistency, regularity, and predictability. As he states, there is always “a hazard waiting for someone to find it.”

With straightforward language Dr. Osterberg interprets building codes and states how they have been misapplied or ignored resulting in serious injury or death. He offers practical recommendations and checklists as to how to better observe the physical environment, be aware of dangerous situations, and even common-sense techniques on how to fall (and land) to minimize personal injury. While calling attention to a serious and potentially deadly experience, Dr. Osterberg does so without becoming morose while adding interesting stories of his own journey.

— Steve Prater, retired architect

Professor Osterberg’s book is a powerful contribution to improve the lives of so many people. It explains the convergence of falling, aging, and architecture. Personally, I have incorporated specific physical exercises for balance, core strength and getting down and up from the floor to reduce my chances of falling.  

— Richard Sternadori, teacher, researcher

About the Author

Dr. Arvid Osterberg is University Professor at Iowa State University, where he teaches graduate courses on inclusive design and historic preservation in the Department of Architecture. During his 43+ years at ISU, he has taught students to prioritize accessibility and safety. Arvid has consulted with attorneys on fall investigations throughout his career. He is a registered architect and holds two degrees in architecture from the University of Illinois and a doctorate in architecture from the University of Michigan.

How to Buy the Book

We offer this book in several editions: Paperback (6in x 9in), LARGE PRINT Paperback (8.5in x 11in), Hardcover (6in x 9in), and Kindle.

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Product Details

Publisher: ‎ Culicidae Architectural Press (October 9, 2021)
Language: ‎ English
Number of Pages (for paperback): ‎ 232
Paperback ISBN: ‎ 978-1683150282
LARGE PRINT Paperback ISBN: 978-1683150312
Item Weight: ‎ 
14.6 ounces
Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.53 x 9 inches

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