Experts question the safety of wired glass

Professor Zhirui Wang provides expert commentary on the safety of wired glass panels to the Globe and Mail

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Wang, Zhirui

Professor Zhirui Wang

September 2, 2014

Just how safe is wired glass? The Canadian federal government is poised to revise its wired safety glass standards in the midst of a $5-million lawsuit filed by a former Burlington high school student. The student is suing the local school board after he pushed through a wired glass panel, slicing open a large part of his arm. He still has problems using his right arm and can’t lift weights with it.

Professor Zhirui Wang, a U of T engineering expert in materials fracture, failure and fatigue, recently provided expert commentary to the Globe and Mail on why it is a wrong impression to think wired glass is strong.

Professor Doug Perovic, another expert in materials forensics, is also a U of T expert witness in the the Burlington high school lawsuit.

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