Does your workplace feature all-glass doors or walls? If so, you should consider investing in graphics such those offered here at DistractionGraphics.com. Many companies turn a blind eye to the liability posed by transparent doors and walls, not realizing the dangers until a worker or customer is injured. To learn more about distraction graphics and how they can promote a safer workplace, keep reading.
Glass has become a popular element in modern-day architecture. It offers a clean, sophisticated appearance that’s not found with other materials. But there’s a downside to using glass for doors and walls that often goes unnoticed: the potential for injury. If a worker or customer doesn’t see the glass, he or she may walk straight into it. Some of these incidents are minor and result in nothing more than a brief moment of pain, but others are more severe, causing bruising, broken bones, or head trauma.
Back in 2012, Apple, Inc. was hit with a $1 million lawsuit after a woman walked into glass wall and broke her nose. Evelyn Paswall, who was 83 years old at the time of the incident, visited the Manhasset, Long Island Apple store to return her iPhone. Paswall says that she did not see the glass door, walking into it and breaking her nose. After spending $75,000 in medical expenses related to the incident, Paswall decided to sue Apple for its negligence.
“Apple wants to be cool and modern and have the type of architecture that would appeal to the tech crowd, but on the other hand, they have to appreciate the danger that this high-tech modern architecture poses to some people,” said Derek T. Smith, Paswall’s attorney, in an interview with The New York Post.
Of course, this is just one example of the dangers posed by nondescript glass doors and walls. In 1957, a 13-year bold was injured while exiting a J.J. Newberry outlet. The boy reportedly heard fire engines, at which point he ran to the nearest exit. Due to the sun glaring in his eyes, and the fact lack of any marker on the door, the boy walked straight into a glass panel.
The good news is that most cities (including New York City) now have strict building codes requiring all glass doors in public and commercial building to be marked in a manner that warns people. Rather than “hoping” that workers and customers will spot a glass door, companies can promote a safer workplace by following their respective city/state’s building codes and implementing distraction graphics.
There are several different types of distraction graphics available, including self-adhesive window film that’s applied directly over the surface of the glass. Graphics may also be etched into the window for a more permanent solution. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with the local building codes.