Australia: Tougher glass to combat exploding shower screens

Cases of exploding shower screens in Sydney have prompted a call for an increase in the minimum thickness of toughened glass. The NSW Products Safety Committee started investigating the matter in Sept…

Cases of exploding shower screens in Sydney have prompted a call for an increase in the minimum thickness of toughened glass. The NSW Products Safety Committee started investigating the matter in September 2001 after Gordon resident Graeme McMonigal suffered hundreds of cuts and a severed artery when his shower screen exploded for no obvious reason. Two other similar incidents also came to the State Government“s attention. The committee“s report still not released requests that Standards Australia increases the minimum thickness of toughened glass screens from four millimetres to five in new installations. The recommendation is likely to be adopted.