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Another glass pane falls from high rise

Post Time:Dec 29,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:336


ANOTHER panel of glass has fallen from the 23rd floor of the Waterfront Place high-rise in Brisbane's CBD.


No one was hurt by the glass pane, which fell on the river side of the building on Wednesday morning.


The Felix Street building, home to the Commonwealth Government offices, has had more than 200 glass windows fall since 1990 because of an impurity in the glass.


Brisbane City Council in 2007 issued building owner Stockland with an order to take all possible safety precautions, and a canopy was built by Stockland in 2008 on the street side to protect pedestrians.


Building manager CBRE has declined to comment on the latest incident.


A spokesman for Brisbane City Council said the building management notified the council of the latest incident and cleaned it up.


No further action will be taken, he said, adding that council had in the past worked with the building manager to introduce risk mitigation measures at Waterfront Place on the advice of independent experts.


One of these measures was the canopy built in 2008.


"At the end of the day, it is up to the building owners or managers to replace the windows,'' the spokesman said.


A Stockland spokeswoman said the glass panel issue was a matter for the building manager.


In the mid-1990s more than 300 windows containing the impurity were removed from Waterfront Place, but it's understood there are more windows with the defect.


A spokesman for Local Government and Planning Minister Paul Lucas said the impurity, nickel sulfate, led to bubbles in the glass.


"When it gets hot ... the glass expands and that's when it shatters,'' he said.


After the problems with Waterfront Place, the state government banned new high-rise buildings from using glass with nickel sulfate impurities in May 2010, the spokesman said.


The law is not retrospective, which means the building owner is not legally obligated to replace the panels.


Source: http://www.usgnn.comAuthor: shangyi

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