This image is from an actual accident that was investigated by the State of California. Skylight fall protection exists for one purpose: protect people from falling into a skylight while working on the roof. The man who fell through that skylight did not go home that night.
This accident could have been prevented.
There are two main solutions when it comes to skylight fall protection: skylight screens and skylight guardrail. Skylight screens (or skylight cages) provide fall protection by covering the skylight with a wire mesh framework. The wire mesh will let light through, but is made to absorb the weight of a falling person. Skylight screens come in several styles and can protect most of the skylight types that are currently being used. See the chart below to learn more about how skylight safety cages can provide fall protection for most skylights.
Skylight guardrail works the way that you would expect -- it puts a barrier between the person and the hazard. Skylight guardrail has special bases that do not penetrate the roof.
|CAL-OSHA Compliant||Yes, special styles||Yes|
|Easy to Install||Yes||Yes|
|Will it Penetrate the Roof?||Penetrating and Non-Penetrating Available||Non-Penetrating|
|Typical Lead Time||2 Weeks||1 Week|
|Skylight Screens||Skylight Guardrail|
|Standing Seam Skylights||Yes||Custom Railing Available|
|Rib/Corrugated Skylights||Yes||Custom Railing Available|
|Get Info on Skylight Fall Protection||Skylight Screens||Skylight Guardrail|
OSHA considers a rooftop skylight to be hole in the roof surface. A skylight that is accidently stepped on or fallen into can break and cause a fall from a fatal height. If skylights are in the vacinity of any work area or walking surface, they must be protected with the appropriate fall protection screens or guardrail.
Get the full scoop on OSHA skylight regulations by reading this article: Skylights: An Often Overlooked Fall Hazard.
Whatever style your skylight, Simplified Safety has a screen or guardrail that can be used as fall protection. Please contact our sales team with any questions you may have about skylight fall protection