Saturday, 23 June, 2018

Apple employees running into glass walls at Cupertino headquaters

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren't friends Apple's New Spaceship HQ Building Has Glass Walls So Clear Employees Are Taking Headers
Eleanor Moreno | 18 February, 2018, 07:04

But Bloomberg.com said there's been one hiccup since it opened a year ago. In fact, it sounds like Apple's glass walls may be turning out to be a major headache for many employees-and we mean that literally. The interior work spaces, known as "pods", are also made of glass.

It's hard to imagine a more metaphor-packed scenario than Apple's products distracting its employees as they weave through a perfectly designed office and bang their faces into glass walls. A report from Bloomberg today details how the company has had to call emergency services to assist multiple employees who can't help but accidentally walk into glass walls.

Apple's new 175-acre campus is billed as somewhat of a feat of architectural design, consisting of a ring-shaped, 2.8-million square-foot main building clad in the world's largest panels of curved glass.

I'd imagine bumping into these glass panes hurt quite a lot, although it's not clear if Apple will be taking any actions to better protect employees.

Employees, including those injured, haven't spoken publicly about the incident as Apple maintains a tight non-disclosure policy. The public needs to have an Apple badge to see the inside of the campus.


Some of the staff have taken to sticking Post-It notes, or marking the glass as a literal heads-up. "The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk".

Steve Jobs asked British architect Norman Foster and his firm to design Apple's new headquarters in 2006. After the incidents, employees began using Post-its to mark where walls are, but the sticky notes were reportedly removed "because they detracted from the building's design".

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

An 83-year-old woman sued Apple in 2012 when she broke her nose after walking into an Apple Store's glass door. If Apple is found to be in violation of the law, it could attract fines and implement other safety measures, according to the California Department of Industrial relations spokeswoman, MarketWatch reported.

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