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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday February 17 2018, @10:37AM   Printer-friendly
from the maybe-stop-looking-down-at-your-phone dept.

Employees are injuring themselves by walking into the glass walls of Apple's fancy new headquarters:

The centerpiece of Apple Inc.'s new headquarters is a massive, ring-shaped office overflowing with panes of glass, a testament to the company's famed design-obsessed aesthetic.

There's been one hiccup since it opened last year: Apple employees keep smacking into the glass.

Surrounding the Cupertino, California-based building are 45-foot tall curved panels of safety glass. Inside are work spaces, dubbed "pods," also made with a lot of glass. Apple staff are often glued to the iPhones they helped popularize. That's resulted in repeated cases of distracted employees walking into the panes, according to people familiar with the incidents.

Some staff started to stick Post-It notes on the glass doors to mark their presence. However, the notes were removed because they detracted from the building's design, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing anything related to Apple. Another person familiar with the situation said there are other markings to identify the glass.

What kind of markings? Bloodstains?

Also at TechCrunch and MarketWatch.

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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by vali.magni on Sunday February 18 2018, @02:42AM (1 child)

    by vali.magni (5678) on Sunday February 18 2018, @02:42AM (#639570)

    Where I come from, there are regulatory standards mandating visual indicators at one or sometimes two levels for glass walls and doors. This is common in most developed countries. For example, Australia has the AS1428 standards suite also talks about specific requirements for people with disability, and AS1428.1 here (PDF): [] sec 6.6 specifically describes visual indicators (dimensions, marking, height, etc.).

    In the UK this has been a law for many years, and there are specifications for visual indicators for tall and short people, children and pets. I think it's called the glass manifestation regulation, []

    I could not find such a standard or regulation for the US - do any exist?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @02:03PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday February 18 2018, @02:03PM (#639694)

    The only regulations existing in the US are usually those created by one business to damage another business.