Slips, Trips and Falls: Skylights
Preventing Falls through Skylights and Holes
Ask the following questions:
- Did you know that a skylight is considered an open hole?
- What are the hazards? Falls due to work near skylights and holes in floors or roofs
- What are the results? Broken bones, head injuries, internal damage, death
- What should we look for? All skylights are considered open floor holes unless they are covered with a cage or another protective system, or rated to stand on.
How do we prevent these results?
- Guard or cover all holes with adequate guardrail systems or covers. Label covers (for instance, “HOLE”).
- Use temporary barricades for work or permanent guarding system such as cage around skylights (see photo).
- Ensure materials used for guardrail systems and covers are of adequate strength, meeting the OSHA standards.
- Use fall protection PPE.
Ask the following questions about this site and ensure every item is covered.
- What issues can lead to falls through skylights and holes? Unguarded skylights and holes, placing weight on skylight, no PPE used, etc.
- Are there skylights or holes near your work area? Are they guarded or rated to walk on?
- What makes an adequate guard? Materials used are of adequate strength, full railing system, cages, etc.
- Is fall arrest or restraint systems provided here? Are you trained to use it?
- If you are going to use fall arrest or restraint systems, what will be the anchor point?