There are a number of benefits that the roof skylights provide. They can significantly help you to reduce the energy costs. The daylight that they let in can positively affect the physiological and psychological well-being of people working inside a building. However, they can be a major fall hazard. If left unguarded, a worker working around one or a person walking close to one can accidentally fall into it, and can suffer serious injuries or even death. A roof skylight system can prevent such incidents from happening. In fact, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandates that a skylight be covered with a screen or a railing be installed around it.
There are three solutions that you may opt for to implement skylight fall protection in your building:
Guard rails are installed around the skylight to act as a barrier between the skylight and the people accessing the roof. The special bases help the guardrail system to be installed without penetrating the roof. This prevents any roof leaks from happening. It also helps to maintain the integrity of the roof warranty. The guard rails are available in a number of sizes, including custom sizes. The skylight rail system is easy to transport and assemble, making it an ideal choice for temporary work sites. The powder-coated yellow guard rails and the galvanized components ensure that the skylight rail system lasts for a long time in an industrial environment.
It has a freestanding, non-penetrating design. This one-piece skylight cover guard system eliminates the need for any assembly and requires no attachments to the skylight itself or to the roof. A worker who needs to work on the skylight can do so through the open sides of the system. The system can be installed for any rectangular/square roof skylights.
The skylight is covered with a wire mesh framework that is strong enough to take the weight of a person standing or falling on top of it. The fixed skylight safety system (skylight screen/cage) offers passive protection, which means a worker does not have to be trained or have to take any precautions while working around a skylight. The system is available for corrugated/rib metal roof skylights, standing seam metal roof skylights, and curb-style skylights. Skylight screens do not compromise on the natural light that is let through the skylight.
- Dome skylight safety screen – It provides fall protection for acrylic dome/pyramid skylights. It is easy to install and is very cost-effective. PVC extrusion is used to cover the exposed screen ends.
- Corrugated metal roof skylight screen – They are installed at the same level as that of the corrugated metal roof panels. So, for a person standing on the roof, it is often difficult to detect these screens. Often installed for corrugated fiberglass skylights, corrugated metal roof skylight screens are easy to install and cost-effective.
- Standing seam metal roof skylight screen – Ideal for trapezoidal standing seam skylights, standing seam metal roof skylight screens can be installed without any special tools. After welding, the screen is hot dipped galvanized.
Skylight fall hazard is often one that is overlooked. The main reason for that is that they appear safe. However, they are not, they can shatter on impact. It is imperative that you have a roof skylight system in place to ensure the safety of people accessing the roof, and to prevent OSHA from taking action against you for not having a roof fall protection in place.