Safety for Skylights
Working on roofs is a high-risk activity because it involves working at height. Injuries caused due to people/technicians falling from roof is very unfortunate but a major cause of accidents today, though it is the responsibility of the building owners to take care of their workers, ensure they follow all safety protocols but the situation is still very grim. To address this safety concern of building owners REV has introduced skylight cover. This cover has been specifically designed to cover the unprotected roof lights/Skylights without blocking the light they let into the building.
The design of the REV Skylights safety cover is so robust that it provides complete protection against falls through fragile roof lights. REV Skylights are covered by a strong mesh panel mounted onto a metal frame. REV Skylights safety cover is designed specifically for metal profile roofs where inline roof level skylights are common. The mesh panel top sits onto a metal frame and tube. The standard mesh panels are 2m long and 1m wide. For larger roof lights we offer extension panels also, 2m or 1m long x 1m wide. The REV Skylights Safety cover is designed to be assembled in-situ so is delivered in component form, thus making it easier to get up to roof level.
Riseecovent offers variety of safety covers for skylights to match all the roofing requirements:
- Standard Panels - REV Standard Panel fixes virtually flat to the roof surface
- Raised Panels - Raised Panels are fixed above the skylight which is mounted on small legs to provide a greater distance between the mesh panel and the roof light. In the event of a mishap this will ensure the sky light is not damaged and the REV Skylight Safety cover will bear the impact.
Importance of Skylight Safety Cover and Why is it needed?
Skylight safety cover protects any person from falling off the roof, through skylight (while cleaning, doing maintenance work etc)
As per the OSHA Standards (29 CFR 1910.23 and 29 CFR 1910.66 (a)(4)) All skylights are mandatory to be protected by compliant screens or railings. To be OSHA compliant, skylight screens must pass a 200-pound load test for most of the countries and a 400-pound force for CAL OSHA Standards.
Reasons why people fall due to skylights maintenance work:
- Sit/Rest on them while working
- Trip into them
- Slip and fall on it
- By mistake walk on it
There are many types of skylights, therefore there are many types of skylight fall protection products. Some safety covers are clamped onto the skylights. Other safety cover use screws that fasten into the skylights. Some safety cover can transfer a fall load to the roof. Skylight railings is expensive, however may be required when the skylights is too large or when safety screens are an unwanted sight below. Some railing systems are free-standing, and some are designed to penetrate the roof and attached to the building structure.
Some of the skylight types:
- Smoke vent type
- Custom skylights
- Standing seam
Why REV Skylight cover is important?
Falls through fragile materials, such as roof lights and asbestos cement roofing sheets, account for more of the deaths than any other single cause. Not all those who are killed while working on roofs are trained roofers: many people accessing roofs are maintenance workers. There are also many serious injuries, often resulting in permanent disabilities.
All of these can be avoided with REV Skylight cover.