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Skylight and Hatch Fall Protection

OSHA-Compliant, Non-penetrating Skylight and Hatch Solutions

Unprotected skylights and roof hatches pose a significant fall risk and are one of the most common cause of falling accident from roofs in general industry. In fact, even when they are closed, skylights and roof hatches are so dangerous, that OSHA considers them "holes".

Our skylight fall protection systems, hatch kits and skylight railing solutions provide compliant protection to keep roof workers safe and help avoid accidental falls. They are offered in galvanized and stainless steel versions and are designed to last the lifespan of your skylight.

For more information on our engineered fall protection solutions, contact our fall safety specialists.

What makes our skylight and hatch offering different?

Hazard Assessment

Hazard Assessment

Maximizing the fall safety provided by FLS skylight screen and hatch kit solutions requires proper installation and the understanding of associated fall hazards. As your turnkey fall protection provider, FLS evaluates your rooftop to ensure a complete fall protection solution is provided.

Durable

Durable

FLS Skylight Screens are offered in galvanized or stainless steel versions, designed to last the lifespan of your skylight. Skylight Guardrail Systems components and fittings are coated providing dependable, weather and time-resistant protection against corrosion.

Versatile

Versatile

The FLS skylight fall protection systems are designed to provide flexibility to adapt to unique skylight shapes, roof openings, ladderways and doorways. With multiple variations available to satisfy many possible configurations.

Easy Installation

Easy Installation

Each skylight solution is personally designed to fit your dimensions, making installation simple for you, or if needed, one of our FLS team installers.

Osha Compliant

Osha Compliant

All FLS Skylight Screen and Rooftop Hatch Solutions are designed and tested to exceed industry standards. They can be implemented in all 50 states and Canada.

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Screen & Hatch Fall Safety Solutions

Skylight/Hatch Projects

Karbach Brewery Case Study

FLS installed approximately 900 total feet of FlexGuard Permanent Guardrail on various areas of the main building roof. The area around the rooftop access hatch was able to be protected by FlexGuard Permanent, due to the versatility and adjustability of the product.

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Skylight Fall Protection FAQs

What does Cal-OSHA require for Skylight Screens?

The construction shall be of grillwork, with openings not more than 4 inches by 4 inches or of slatwork with openings not more than 2 inches wide with length unrestricted, or of other material of equal strength and similar configuration. In addition, the screen must be able to support 400 lbs. or twice the weight of the employee with tools/equipment.

How long does it take to install a Skylight Screen?

Skylight screens are easy to install in a matter of minutes. Depending on the type of skylight, any installation of a skylight screen can take between 15 and 30 minutes by 2 workers without any special training or tools.

Are skylight screens permanent? How long do skylight screens last?

Skylight screens are intended to be permanent with proper maintenance. We recommend Skylight Screens that do not penetrate the retaining frame of the skylight; this reduces risk of moisture intrusion.

Are security bars good for protecting from falls through a skylight?

If the bars meet the same requirements as the screen, yes. Often security bars on the roof are below the requirements of the skylight allowing for falling debris.

What skylight cannot have a screen installed over it?

Some skylights are designed to open or vent in the event of a fire. A FlexDome Guardrail solution should be used in this scenario where a screen may affect the performance of an opening skylight.

Do skylight screens penetrate the roof surface?

Our Skylight Screens are non-penetrating and consist of aluminum rails and mesh forming a cage-like structure around each skylight that clamps around the retaining frame of the skylight.    We recommend avoiding skylight screens that require fasteners to penetrate the frame of the skylight as this could cause a leak issue.

What type of skylights and roof surfaces will skylight screens work on?

Skylight screens can be designed to work with many forms of skylights and on many roof surfaces including curb, standing seam, and corrugated.

What are skylight screens made of?

Skylight screens are made using rigid galvanized carbon steel or 304 stainless steel and are built to withstand rain, snow, ice, wind, and heat better than other types of building materials.

How much weight does OSHA require a skylight screen withstand?

Skylight screens shall be capable of supporting without failure, at least two times the maximum intended load that may be imposed on the screen at any one time and shall be secured to prevent accidental displacement.

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