Apple employees keep running into glass at its new headquarters

Apple got a painful reminder that design and safety aren't friends

After the smacking accidents, employees tagged the walls with sticky notes to avoid recurrence. Inside, work spaces known as "pods" also have glass walls and doors created to foster a culture of openness. The building's design was crafted by famed architect Norman Foster, taking major cues from Apple co-founder Steve Job's vision for the new headquarters. Employees are not allowed to discuss anything related to Apple with outsiders.

Housing around 13,000 employees, Apple Park, as the headquarters is known, is a futuristic feat of engineering that contains the world's largest piece of curved glass. However, these had to be removed because "they detracted from the building's design". Another person familiar with the situation said there are other markings to identify the glass. According to Bloomberg, employees are so distracted that they keep running into the glass walls because they never even see them.

Apple's latest campus has been lauded as an architectural marvel.

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

Originally a Steve Jobs' idea, the structure was hailed as a "statement of openness, of free movement". Jony Ive, Apple's design chief, stepped away from his regular role for roughly two years in order to shepherd Apple Park to completion. "The achievement is to make a building where so many people can connect and collaborate and walk and talk".

As you'd expect, Apple isn't commenting and won't let the general public into the building. It's also not clear how many workers have had run-ins with the walls.

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

This does, however, reflect a story from 2012, in which an 83-year-old woman filed suit against the company after injuring herself after bumping into a glass surface at an Apple Store. Are Apple executives willing to have employees suffering the consequences of smashing their heads into glass regularly? The suit was settled without any cost to Apple, according to a legal filing in early 2013.

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