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18 February 2018, 06:12 | Gina Pena
Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren't friends
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.
The transparent design looks flawless and attractive, but it is also resulting in cases of distracted employees smacking into the panes.
The 13,000 or so employees who work in the building have to closely watch where they are going, Fortune reports.
Silicon Valley is known for moving fast and breaking things, but Apple Inc. may want its employees to slow down in order to not break themselves or the company's new $5 billion headquarters.
The impressive construction is ring-shaped and stands as the centerpiece of the building and it appears to overflow due to the curved panels of glass.
Employees at Apple's brand new Apple Park "Spaceship" campus are the masterminds behind some of the world's most advanced consumer technology.
No word on whether Apple's much shorter spaceship office suffers from similar issues. The building, crafted by famed architect Norman Foster, immortalized a vision that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had years earlier.
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During its opening previous year, Apple designer Jony IvetoldWired that the structure is a "statement of openness, of free movement", as opposed to Apple's culture of secrecy.
Some employees even came up with an interim fix to the problem of smacking their heads into the glass walls by sticking Post-It notes to mark their presence.
"While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement", Jony Ive told Wired after the opening past year.
Place thousands of people distracted by iPhones in a building that is mostly transparent, and perhaps the results are inevitable.
It is not clear how many incidents there have been, but at least seven people were reportedly injured on the first day after staff moved in. Apple did not provide comment in time for publication.
Apple is discovering that sleek architecture doesn't necessarily play nicely with health & safety, after multiple reported cases of Apple Park staff walking into glass doors and windows. After all, Apple has already been sued by a customer who walked into the glass of an Apple store in 2011.
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