Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Apple Park Employees Keep Running Into Glass Walls

Apple Park Employees Keep Running Into Glass Walls

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. Inside, work spaces known as "pods" also have glass walls and doors created to foster a culture of openness. The building, crafted by famed architect Norman Foster, immortalized a vision that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs had years earlier.

MarketWatch asked Apple for comment on the issue and any mitigations it has sought to enact.

Bloomberg's Mark Bergen reports on a flaw at Apple's new headquarters: Distracted employees seem to keep smacking their faces into the ideal glass panes that make up the offices' interior workspaces, and they're hurting themselves, "according to people familiar with the incidents". 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".

Too immersed in their iPhones, the employees repeatedly ran into the glass-walled workspaces, Bloomberg reports. They removed the Post-its "because they detracted from the building's design".

Indeed, Apple makes use of visual indicators like that at its One Infinite Loop campus already.

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During its opening previous year, Apple designer Jony Ive told Wired that the structure is a "statement of openness, of free movement", as opposed to Apple's culture of secrecy.

There are apparently other markings on the glass panels to help employees, although it isn't clear if these markings are set in place by the employees or if it's a default feature of the building architecture, reads the report. 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. It's not clear how many incidents there have been.

But no incidents have been registered with the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The "dumbass walks into a glass door" bit is so hack that it was on Two and a Half Men before Charlie Sheen went all AIDS-crazy and tried to strangle Chuck Lorre or whatever.

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