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This informal video recorded in our manufactures warehouse will a standard SRS skylight screen supporting 480lbs of dead weight.
This video is a bit older, but it shows the basic features of the skylight screens.
Unprotected skylights are a deadly hazard. Joe, a roof worker of 25 years, was killed when he unexpectedly fell backward into an unprotected skylight. This video memorializes his life and offers fall protection solutions.
You must cover a skylight with a screen or surround it with a railing. 1910.23(a)(4)
Protecting the skylight must not cause the skylight to break. 1910.23(e)(8). This means that "burglar" screens underneath the skylight are not an acceptable solution. OSHA is concerned about the people who may be under the skylight when the worker falls through (reference).
Cal-OSHA requires a stricter 400 lb. loading requirement. Read more about Cal-OSHA requirements.
This is an attitude most workers seem to have. And why not? No one goes to work, thinking, "I am going to get hurt today." Although it seems somewhat pessimistic, workers should be thinking "I could get hurt today, so I will take every precaution to prevent it." My husband, Russ, had the attitude "It won't happen to me". He woke up on the morning of November 8th, 1995, kissed me goodbye, looked in on Spencer, our two-year-old, and left for his job as a commercial painter. As soon as they got their spider unit (scaffolding) set up, management called everyone in for a safety meeting. This was considered nothing but an annoyance to Russ, but he signed the clipboard, and was just glad to come in out of the rain. He doesn't remember, to this day, what that meeting was about.