Glass retention for Nickel Sulphide Inclusion issues
Spontaneous breakage from Nickel Sulphide Inclusions (“NSI”) has long been an issue in the glazing industry.
An inherent flaw of the heat soaking process of toughened glass means it is just a matter of time and location of where a flawed pane breaks. This creates a huge health and safety risk, and the public liability in the event of breakage has become all too apparent in recent years:
The April 2018 case which saw a £14m judgement against Lend Lease shows that it may not always be enough simply to follow the specification with glazing
"Judge in Technology and Construction Court decides on liability between 125 OBS (Nominees 1) v Lend Lease Construction (Europe) Limited and awards over £14m in damages"
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Pabro Performance Films Ltd has a unique and effective film solution to address this issue, and we have project managed multiple full building wraps around Europe to ensure spontaneous breakage does not mean injury and liability.
Replacement does not solve the issue, NSI’s are still a risk in new toughened glass BUT using a combination of safety film and retention systems we can make sure that any breakages stay in place allowing time for replacement of faulty units. This is can be the difference between hundreds of kilograms of glass falling from multiple stories high, or a straight forward glass replacement.