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Law to zero in on falling glass

THE city plans to pass a law requiring property managers to set up funds dedicated to maintaining and repairing glass walls on local buildings, legislators said yesterday.

Numerous cases of glass walls on local high-rises collapsing or exploding in recent months have heightened public awareness. Many local engineering experts said they believed the sharp temperature difference between indoor and outdoor environments and lack of maintenance triggered the recent glass falls.

No one has been seriously injured in these mishaps in Shanghai, but in Hangzhou City of neighboring Zhejiang Province, a 19-year-old woman lost part of her left leg after being hit by a falling pane of glass from a high-rise on July 20.

The new law's overall focus will be on improving building quality and safety with tougher monitoring and enforcement measures, officials said.

It is currently being reviewed by local legislators and is expected to pass soon, lawmakers said. Property management companies failing to comply will be fined, according to the law.


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