Why do people transport mirrors in inclined position? I frequently find people carrying mirrors in slant position on mini trucks.I guess it has some advantage of carrying them without breaking,and I am now so curious to know the reason behind it

Either sides of the wooden piece are aligned by mirrors

  • $\begingroup$ I have a sneaking suspicion that it is just because it can be useful to sacrifice some horizontal space to gain some in the vertical direction, but maybe there's something more interesting behind it... $\endgroup$
    – Danu
    Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 17:25
  • $\begingroup$ Do you have a picture? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 10, 2014 at 21:32
  • $\begingroup$ @DumpsterDoofus I attached an image for reference. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 10:14
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps this image or others here will do better? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 11:01
  • $\begingroup$ Ease of loading/unloading probably; If it is placed parallel to road surface, the topmost piece and bottom-most piece are vertically separated meaning raising arms in awkward positions if you are manually loading/unloading-the person can walk keeping the glass at the same level. This is just a guess. $\endgroup$
    – user80551
    Commented Mar 11, 2014 at 15:50

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"The angle of inclination or lean of the glass should be 3° from the vertical on static racks. For transportable racks, pallets and stillages, an angle of 5° – 6° is recommended. If the angle is increased above 6°, it will tend to put extra load on the back sheets of the stack and may cause breakage."

Source: Glass and Glazing Federation, Code of Practice for Glass Handling and Storage. http://www.ggf.org.uk/assets/GGF%20Code%20of%20Practice%20for%20Glass%20Handling%20and%20Storage-4d4a73cca02f6.pdf

So basically, as far as I understand, it is a tradeoff between workers' safety (higher inclination reduces risk of accidents by falling glass) and stability of the glass (smaller inclination equals lower risk of breaking).


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