Apple's HQ Apparently Has a Weird Hazard for Workers


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.

According to MarketWatch, the company has even had to call emergency services to help multiple employees, some of whom suffered minor cuts to the head. But Apple management removed them because they didn't match the design of the building, Bloomberg reported. They are created to foster collaboration among the 13,000 Apple employees it houses. Another person familiar with the situation said there are other markings to identify the glass.

Still, many see the new Apple headquarters as an architectural wonder. In 2011, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs called the vision "a little like a spaceship landed". Jobs has been credited for coming up with the glass pods, created to mix solo office areas with more social spaces.

Built by famed architect Norman Foster, the building is created to house about 13,000 employees.

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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.

The Apple design guru Jony Ive considers Apple Park to be a masterpiece of design. It's all that distracted walking, from the very people who made the iPhone! A Silicon Valley spokeswoman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration referred questions about Apple's workplace safety record to the government agency's website. Apple is still in the process of moving employees over to the new campus; at last count, it had permission to move in workers to 5 out of the 12 Apple Park sections.

It's not the first time Apple's penchant for glass in buildings has caused problems. In 2012, an 83-year-old woman sued Apple after walking into a see-through door at an Apple Store and breaking her nose.

Some of the staff have taken to sticking Post-It notes, or marking the glass as a literal heads-up.