Skylight Fall Protection
One of the most overlooked fall hazards on top of buildings are skylights. Skylights are windows installed in a roof or ceiling and, when unprotected, pose a great risk to those who may be working around them. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulation 29 CFR 1910.28(b)(3)(i):
“Each employee is protected from falling through any hole (including skylights) that is 4 feet (1.2 m) or more above a lower level by one or more of the following:
- (A) Covers;
- (B) Guardrail systems;
- (C) Travel restraint systems; or
- (D) Personal fall arrest systems.”
Therefore, your employer is required to ensure these areas are properly protected. Unguarded skylights are an easily avoidable fall hazard that can result in devastating circumstances. Simply stepping backwards onto an unguarded skylight can be enough to break its covering, causing potential injuries to you and those below the skylight. If you or a loved one has been injured in a skylight related accident, contact an experienced fall protection attorney today.
Skylight Screens and Skylight Guardrails
There are two main types of skylight protection: skylight screens and skylight guardrails. Skylight screens serve as a cage, covering the skylight with a mesh framework. Skylight guardrails, like all guardrails, work by putting a physical barrier between the worker and the fall hazard. Both fall protection systems are effective ways employers can ensure their employees are safe when working around this kind of hazard.
Fall Protection Lawyer
Unguarded skylights are just one of the many fall hazards workers may face. At Simmons and Fletcher, P.C., our fall protection attorneys have been handling workplace accident cases since 1979. We understand how complicated these claims can be, and are dedicated to providing you with the resources necessary to make a full recovery. Call us today to schedule a free consultation: 800-298-0111.
Paul Cannon has practiced personal injury trial law since 1995. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law (2005). He has earned recognition as a Super Lawyer by Thompson Reuters in 2017 & 2018, and as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association in 2017. He is a Shareholder, trial lawyer and online marketing manager at Simmons and Fletcher, P.C. His legal writings have been published by the Texas Bar Journal, Business.com, Lawyer.com HG Legal Resources, Lawfirms.com, and others. He has been asked to give education talks and media interviews on dog bite law.