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Contractor says Apple needs glass walls like it needs a hole in the head

Contractor says Apple needs glass walls like it needs a hole in the head

They say people who work in glass-walled buildings might attempt to walk through them. That’s what a contractor told Apple when it was building its Cupertino, California, headquarters — a warning ignored, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

Oddly enough, that soothsaying contractor walked into one such wall immediately after voicing concerns about the risk of injury. The Chronicle reports that there is no official tally of employees who have followed suit in the glamorous $5 million building, but the anecdotes are plenty.

Apple Park, built for more than 13,000 employees, was dreamed up by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs as “a temple of design,” the newspaper reported.

“He believed that the campus’ glass-encased, ring-shape centerpiece could become ‘the best office building in the world.’ But in January, as office workers began moving in after five years of construction, several employees walked into glass panes,” the Chronicle article stated.

The contractor worried the glass walls were too much like those used to fashion automatic doors. A curious Chronicle reporter scoured emergency reports, finding three 911 calls: “head injuries, including a middle-aged man who hit his head so hard against a glass window that he was bleeding on his eyebrow and expected to have stitches,” the reporter wrote.









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