What is not up for debate, however, is the fact that well before his writings gained international popularity, Kafka received a gold medal from the American Safety Society due to his help in promoting workplace safety.
While many authors have credited Kafka as the true originator of the industrial hard hat, there is still plenty of debate as to whether this innovation can be substantiated.
The famous author Franz Kafka, from Bohemia, is often credited with the hard hat's creation and implementation in one theory about the invention of the hard hat.
Industrial accidents were common at the time, and Kafka reportedly reduced injuries resulting in death throughout the workforce to 25 per every 1,000 employees.
According to the story, Kafka invented the helmet around 1912 as a way to protect workers in dangerous jobs.
The latter, as well as others of the younger school of Czech sculptors, such as Bilek, Kafka and Maiatka, studied under Rodin at Paris.