Cal/OSHA Compliant Skylight Protection

Within the last 8 years we have been contacted by more businesses with fatalities as a result of people falling through skylights than any other workplace accident. The solid appearance of dome skylights gives employees tasked with rooftop work tasks a false sense of security that these fragile horizontal surfaces can hold a human’s weight. Cal/OSHA considers unprotected skylights as dangerous as open holes on your roof because they consist of fragile glass or plastic that have been baking in the sun for years. Too many companies are being reactive rather than proactive in protecting rooftop skylights.

We offer complete skylight protection services. Our skylight screens and guardrails remove your risk from this everyday fall exposure and deadly workplace hazard.

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Skylight Screens

Our sturdy skylight screens are built per Cal/OSHA’s 400 pound weight requirement. They are non-penetrating and consist of an assembly of metal rails and mesh forming a cage-like structure around each skylight and anchored to its base.

The goal is to prevent inadvertent stepping, falling, or pressing against the skylight itself. The materials used included stainless steel, galvanized aluminum, or galvanized steel for strength and minimal weight.

Our friendly experts are happy to help. Call us at (855) 837-3255 or use the request quote form above.

Skylight Guardrails

Guardrails are recommended for larger glass openings, or occasionally for higher end buildings where the building owner does not want to see very light grid shadows showing inside the building from the skylights.

Non-penetrating guardrails offer a fixed barrier that restrict proximity and access to the skylight itself, and are usually installed at a minimum height of 42-inches. Skylight guardrails are more versatile and can be installed around many skylights at once, and cost about 2x more than screens.

Weighted Base guardrails are also popular, which can be dismantled at will and assembled in different places to offer portable protection for roof workers.

Cal/OSHA Compliant Skylight Protection

More construction workers die from falls than from any other on-the-job injury. Fatal falls and serious injuries may result from inadequate skylight protection. Having Cal/OSHA Compliant skylight protection is an important step in the process of protecting employees from dangerous elevated work environments. Skylights should not be overlooked when assessing risk and providing safer work conditions for your employees.

Cal/OSHA §3212

Any employee approaching within 6 feet of any skylight shall be protected from falling through the skylight or skylight opening with the use of skylight screens, guardrails, or fall arrest systems. Skylight screens in California must meet a 400 pound weight requirement and railings and fall arrest systems must meet all other OSHA standards relating to construction and installation.

Our experience over the years has taught us that only a few factors influence companies to install skylight protection.

  1. A proactive safety culture developed and nurtured by responsible safety professionals, supervisors and workers.
  2. A reactive safety culture motivated by Cal/OSHA violations that are a direct result of an employee injury or death.

Plastic and glass skylights bring light and openness to building interiors, but they are a risk when subcontractors, employees, or the public can access your roof.
In addition to roof guardrails, skylight protection is an important step in protecting your employees from dangerous elevated work environments and staying Cal/OSHA compliant. Skylights should not be overlooked when assessing risk and providing safer work conditions for your employees.