Skylight Protection and Fall Prevention Solutions
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Skylight Protection and Fall Prevention
Passive Skylight Protection is the best way to prevent an accident. Over the years roof lights become brittle due to weathering and are prone to cracking. Falls through unguarded skylights result in serious injury or death, and whilst this prospect does not bear thinking about, it is important to remember that the full responsibility of your employees, contractors and even trespassers lies with you. This is why the HSE demands that employers provide suitable skylight protection.
All our mesh products can be made in mild or stainless steel, with a number of finishes available upon request, such as galvanising / powder coating / polishing etc.
A recent HSE investigation, carried out after a fatal fall through a skylight, found that there were no skylight covers in place on any of the roof’s skylights to prevent the fall. Furthermore, no handrail was installed and resulted in this fatal fall. These are very serious health and safety breaches. The measures in place at the time simply did not amount to a safe system of work.
The Health and Safety Offences Act 2008, which came into force on 16 January 2009, raised the maximum possible fine in a magistrates’ court for this type of breach from £5,000 to £20,000. This is just for breaching the regulation but in reality one fall could cost millions of pounds in a court of law if prosecuted for Corporate Manslaughter and non-compliance.
Regulations state that every skylight should have Skylight guards in the form of standard skylight covers or fixed standard railing on all exposed sites.
The employer should determine if the walking/working surfaces on which the employees and contractors are to work, have the strength and structural integrity to support them safely, and take immediate action to protect falls through skylights.
Personnel walking/working surfaces need to be protected from falling through skylights by personal fall arrest systems, skylight covers, or rail skylight guards erected around such areas.
Heightsafe Systems will be happy to visit your site and provide you with a full fall protection solution following a detailed Risk Assessment by our team of Working at Height specialists.
Understanding the different factors involved with fall arrest systems, Heightsafe Systems will assist you in making the correct choice for your particular application. We design and install a wide range of solutions.
Our Skylight Fall Prevention Solutions include:
- Cutting service from standard stock panels
- Fabrication service including framing and folding
- Ballustrade infill panels
- Machine guarding
- Non standard mesh made to order
- Bespoke security enclosures
Our Skylight Covers are safety products that provide protection to prevent falls through acrylic dome and corrugated fibreglass skylights. Unlike many safety products, properly installed Skylight Screens completely eliminate the hazard.
Danger exists, since roofers, workers, and even children have been seriously injured and killed by a multitude of falls through unguarded skylights. Below are a couple of such instances reported on by the HSE:
- A 13-year-old boy died when he fell through a plastic skylight on the roof of a farm building.
- A 42-year-old employee fell through a fragile skylight as he walked across the roof of an agricultural building carrying out general maintenance.
Please contact us for further details, and if possible provide us with an approx size of your skylights and we will endeavour to give your an instant quotation.
Solar Panel Fall Prevention Solutions
Heightsafe Systems can now supply a unique universal post specifically for fitting solar panels and frames to commercial roofs, whether they are new or retro-fit.
Each post is designed to support the load of the solar panels and frames. It also has a built-in fall restraint system, complying with EN795.
The safety restraint systems allow the following:
Safe installation of the posts
Safe installation of the frames and panels
Safe ongoing maintenance and panel cleaning
Using a top-fix technology, therefore avoiding fixing-back to the building structure, the universal post has a variety of fixing anchors to suit all commercial roofs and is compatible with:
- Composite panels & BUOS
- PVC membrane
- Bituminous membrane
- Standing seam
- Truss fix tiled roof
- 100% stainless steel
- Retro-fit or new build
- 20-year warranty
- Top-fix technology
- Built-in fall restraint system
- EN795 compliant
- Standard posts – goose wing grey, but can be coloured
- PVC posts – traffic grey
Posts can be powder coated to match roofs and electro polished if required.