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Why Skylight Safety Measures are so Important

Skylights are common features in many buildings around the UK and they are particularly common in industrial premises that would suffer from lack of natural light were it not for these windows.

However, despite their usefulness in terms of enabling solar rays to penetrate constructions and illuminate working environments, these lights are also potentially dangerous and there have been many examples of workers tumbling through them while conducting their duties on rooftops.

Of course, it is possible to mitigate such risks and here at Heightsafe Systems, we are experts when it comes to such roof safety issues.

Over the years, rooflights become brittle due to their exposure to the elements and for this reason they are prone to cracking. Therefore, it is vital that any such windows present in your premises have the appropriate fall protection measures in place.

Also, it is important to bear in mind the fact that often these windows are high up off the ground, meaning that should anyone fall through them, they are in serious danger.

Official regulations specify that every skylight should be guarded by a cover or fixed standard guardrail on all exposed sides.

By adding such items to your premises, you could save people considerable suffering, and even prevent the loss of life. Also, you are in breach of your legal duties if you ignore the issue.

So, if you need help with your skylight safety, get in touch. We can help protect your staff members and also provide you with additional peace of mind.

8th September 2011 8:22 am

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