I thought of this recently, and want to know if there's something I'm missing. So, say a very fragile object decelerates to a stop from a given velocity. For example, a free-falling object hitting the ground. But, all the kinetic energy is absorbed through use of some clever mechanics (assume magic for this part). If no energy was transmitted to the object, and (therefore) no work was done on it, would the fragile object still be harmed?