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Skylight Fall Prevention Covers


Last Updated: 29th October 2021

 

What is Skylight Protection?

Specialist Skylight Fall Protection protects personnel, tools and debris from falling through fragile surfaces, without blocking out the light. Incidents involving individuals falling through fragile roof covers and skylights make up a high proportion of the work at height accident figures in the UK.

Skylights are commonly used on a variety of commercial and industrial buildings as a daylight solution – increasing the amount of natural light into the space below, in turn reducing the building’s amount of energy consumption.

Heightsafe’s Skylight Covers are designed to protect the skylights beneath it, from falling objects such as tools and debris, but also to protect any personnel from fall risks, and from stepping on fragile surfaces. Skylight Fall Prevention Covers can be used alongside other safety mechanisms and training to provide the necessary safety precautions to reduce the risk posed by fragile roof covers and skylights.

There are many reasons you will need to access a roof space, such as gutter cleaning, maintenance of plant and machinery or carrying out surveys. Therefore, it’s essential that those accessing the roof can do so safely with the correct measures in place.

What Skylight Fall Prevention options do you have?

At Heightsafe, we work closely with you to select the correct system that will fit the needs of the building and those operating on the roof. You will have the choice of a Fixed Skylight Protection option which will include the galvanised steel mesh cover that will take the weight load, resulting in no pressure on the skylight itself.

The other option is a form of Freestanding Skylight Protection, which will include a fully modular system that is quick and easy to assemble, that will fit both square and rectangular skylights.

  • Skylight Fall Protection Options

    Fixed

    • Galvanised steel mesh Skylight Cover
    • A supportive frame takes the weight load, meaning no pressure on the skylight

     

    Fixed Skylight Cover Testing

    • ACR Fragile Roof Test

     

    Freestanding

    • Fully modular system that is quick and easy to assemble
    • Simple and reliable Skylight Fall Protection
    • Fits square and rectangular skylights, rooflights, dome lights and can be made bespoke to fit non-standard structures
    • Non-penetrative Fall Prevention solution

     

    Freestanding Skylight Protection Legislation and Standards

    • HSG-33 (Health and Safety in Roof Work)
    • HSE INDG 284 (Working on Roofs)
    • EN ISO 14122 Part 3 (Safety of Machinery and Access Equipment)
    • EN 13374-2013 Class A (Temporary Edge Protection Systems)
    • BSEN 1991-1-4:2005 Amendment 1:2010 (Actions on Structures)

     

    Powder coating to any RAL colour is also available, providing personnel with maximum visibility of Skylight Fall Protection, and potential fall hazards.

  • Skylight Covers Available for
    • Supply only
    • Installation by one of our specialist installation teams
  • Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: How Is Skylight Fall Protection Fixed into Position?
    A: Galvanised steel mesh Skylight Covers are fitted with tamper-proof Tek Screws for added security, through the metal deck with a Mastic Barrier to ensure maximum weather proofing. GRP framed Skylight Fall Protection systems can also be fitted directly to the deck or clamped to Standing Seam roofs, meaning penetration of the roof membrane can be avoided altogether. Freestanding systems are designed specifically as a non-penetrative solution for Skylight Fall Protection. However, depending on the pitch of your roof, a fixed system can be custom designed to meet your needs.

    Q: When Should Skylight Fall Protection Be Used?
    A: Skylight Covers should always be considered whenever there are daylight requirement solutions on a ‘working’ roof, particularly due to the vulnerability of materials used to produce these systems.

    Skylight Fall Protection is a vital part of any Work at Height access strategy, especially when working on fragile surfaces. Heightsafe’s specialists recommend incorporating Access Ladders and Roofing Walkways, as well as Roof Access Hatches to these strategies to ensure full compliance with regulations.

Why Heightsafe?

The UK’s leading Skylight Fall Prevention supply and installation providers.

Operating throughout the UK, with 50 years of combined industry expertise, Heightsafe are the leading choice for your Work at Height requirements. Specialist installation teams hold all of the relevant certifications and receive regular refresher training to ensure the highest quality results for main contractors and end users alike.

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