Volume 41, Issue 8 - August 2006

Legislation&Legal

Glass Company, Architect Named as Defendants in Wired-Glass Lawsuit

A family in Greenville, S.C., has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the architect, construction company, glass supplier, and contract glazing company, general contractor and the architect that designed and built the Freetown Community Center there, for the use of wired glass in the facility’s gymnasium. The suit was filed after an accident with the glass that injured the family’s 12-year-old daughter.

According to an amended complaint filed this spring in Greenville County, S.C., Kori Suber “sustained injuries when she came in contact with the wired glass installation in the gymnasium wall at the center, resulting in severe cuts, including a lengthy gash on her right upper arm and smaller but very serious cuts on her left forearm and near her left eye,” in July 2004. 

The suit was amended to include the Tarleton Tankersley Architectural Group, Moose Construction Co., Coastal Glass Distributors and Granco Inc. as defendants. According to the amended complaint, Lexan MR5 polycarbonate was originally specified for use in the gymnasium. The suit alleges one of the groups involved either changed or ignored the specifications and wired glass was installed instead of the Lexan. 

Greg Abel with the Advocates for Safe Glass, was contacted about the case and says he is seeing more of these cases. In this case, he has understood that the wired glass manufacturer could be named as a defendant, too.

“It’s not just the glazing contractor anymore, or the educational facility, it’s also the architects and before too long it will be the code official with jurisdiction,”said Abel. 

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