Apple Park employees reportedly smacking into new headquarters' glass walls

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

"The workspaces and parklands are created to inspire our team as well as benefit the environment", said Apple CEO Tim Cook previous year.

The extent of the problem and any steps taken to address it are hard to determine, as Apple keeps a tight lid on the new campus.

Apple's space-age Cupertino headquarters has 45-foot-tall panels of curved glass. But that very statement of "openness" and "free movement" of Apple's headquarters design is getting in the way of all those busy employees who keep smacking into the attractive glass walls.

Apple called emergency services because some employees walked into the glass walls of its Apple Park campus, MarketWatch reports.

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. However, it seems Apple has a bit of a health and safety issue on its hands, and employees are being injured.

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"While it is a technical marvel to make glass at this scale, that's not the achievement", Ive said in an interview with Wired Magazine.

Apple's cofounder Steve Jobs originally proposed the $5 billion Apple Park campus shortly before his death in 2011.

Place thousands of people distracted by iPhones in a building that is mostly transparent, and perhaps the results are inevitable. It's also not clear how many workers have had run-ins with the walls.

Bloomberg said staff have started putting Post-Its on the glass doors to mark their presence. 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. However, these had to be removed because "they detracted from the building's design". They asked not to be identified discussing anything related to Apple.

As you'd expect, Apple isn't commenting and won't let the general public into the building. In 2012, an 83-year-old woman sued Apple after walking into a see-through door at an Apple Store and breaking her nose.

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