Apple has opened a brand new headquarters known as Apple Park and while it’s beautiful it is causing some problems. Employees keep colliding into doors and windows of the glass spaceship-style building. The employees are not authorized to place any warning signs on the glass to avoid injuries and accidents. Apple seems willing to know there is a problem and refusing to adjust or acknowledge the structure. They may not have an option however as investigations begin. As required by the state, there are workers compensation benefits available to those injured on the job. A Los Angeles workers compensation attorney can help guide injured workers through the process.
Apple went ahead with the building of this beautiful building despite warnings by a building inspector that they will not be able to tell where the end of the door and the wall starts. This ignorance of the warnings led to three injuries that needed to be treated by emergency medical staff within the first month of the building’s use. This problem has apparently been ongoing since the 5 billion dollar building has been partially in operation for the past year. Apple negligently ignored building inspectors causing this ongoing problem for the aesthetic that the project would have. Now, they may be facing lawsuits and many workers compensation cases because of it.
In January, Apple’s vice president of real estate and development, Dan Whisenhunt, reportedly acknowledged the problem to the Rotary Club of Cupertino. He said: “We’ve had people bump into the glass. That’s a problem we are working on right now.” They have also started marking the doors with stickers as they do with glass doors in stores. Are stickers enough to prevent further accidents? Some employees do not think so. Although the signs may help slightly, the best option for Apple is to redesign aspects of the workplace.
When most people think of on-the-job injuries, their mind does not go directly to an office job especially at Apple. However, this incident shows that a workplace injury can happen to anyone in any field of work. Our office handles various types of on-the-job injuries and we are prepared to fight for your rights as an injured worker in Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The workers compensation process can be grueling. The best course of action is to immediately inform your employer of the accident so it is documented, seek emergency medical attention if necessary and contact a workers compensation lawyer in Los Angeles. Contact the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach for a free case evaluation. Call our offices at 818-609-7005 or complete this contact form.