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Employees Can't Stop Smashing Their Heads Into Apple's Glass Walls

18 February 2018

And yet, after all that effort, even while Apple Park is undoubtedly an impressive neo-futurist structure, it does have this comical flaw. "While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement". The interior work spaces, known as "pods", are also made of glass. A search on the site based on Apple's name in California found no reports of injuries at the company's new campus. I don't expect the people designing cutting-edge hardware and software to be walking into glass walls; that's the kind of behavior I expect from birds. It's with good reason, too: there are multiple examples of people getting cut seriously after having inadvertently smashed through what they thought was an open doorway, but turned out to be a closed glass door.

Apple Park, the tech giant's new $5 billion headquarters, is home to tons of glass - including 45-foot tall curved panels which surround the building - which more than one distracted employee has smacked into, according to Bloomberg. But Apple management removed them because they didn't match the design of the building, Bloomberg reported. After the unveiling of the first look, the campus architecture was praised by fans and publications for its sleek appearance.

According to California law, "employees shall be protected against the hazard of walking through glass by barriers or by conspicuous durable markings", so the Labor Code reads.

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With the size and facility to house almost 13,000 employees, the £3.5bn ($4.9bn) Apple Park was originally proposed by Steve Jobs shortly before his death in 2011. Apple CEO Tim Cook told 60 Minutes in 2015 that "the quality and the size" of the 3000 sheets of glass that have been used at the headquarters "are above all that has ever been accomplished".

People in glass offices should probably watch where they're going.

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Employees Can't Stop Smashing Their Heads Into Apple's Glass Walls