In the Next Gen episode "Eye of the Beholder" (S07E18), we get to see the inside of one of the warp nacelles. We can see that the nacelle contains a small control room, with an access hatch to the plasma stream in the nacelle
When the hatch is opened, a forcefield is activated, presumably to protect the room occupants from the intense heat and radiation from the plasma. Yet this forcefield allows a crewman to swan dive through it to his death.
Why does this forcefield allow a person to pass through it to their death?