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Skylight Fall Protection Screens

About Our Skylight Screens

Skylight screens protect people from falling thru skylights. OSHA Standards (29 CFR 1910.23 and 29 CFR 1910.66 (a)(4)) require all skylights to be protected by compliant screens or railings. To be OSHA compliant, skylight screens must pass a 200-pound load test for most of the USA and a 400-pound force for CAL OSHA Standards.

There are many types of skylights, therefore there are many types of skylight fall protection screens. Some screens clamp onto the skylights and do not penetrate the roofing membrane. Others use screws that fasten into the skylights. Some transfer a fall load to the roof. Here are a few skylight types: (a) domed, (b) standing seam, (c) corrugated, (d) trapezoidal, (e) smoke vent type and (f) custom skylights.

In some cases, skylight bars are installed below the skylight lens to prevent unwanted building entry from the roof as in attempted theft. These skylight bars may prevent a fall however are not OSHA Compliant. If one fell into the lens and the lens shattered, the lens fragments could cause serious injury to people below. Only a screen that does not deflect downward to the skylight lens or an OSHA compliant railing system meets the standards of protection.

Skylight Screen Materials

STS Model Skylight Screen:
Mounting Frame consists of two extruded 6005-T6 aluminum rails that rest on the outside frame of the skylight on its long sides. The aluminum frames are connected with two 5/16” cold rolled, zinc plated threaded rods installed on the short sides of the skylight with nylon insert lock nuts and zinc-plated washers. The screen material is .187 and .250 diameter 304 stainless steel or galvanized carbon steel wire in a 4” X 4” grid. The screen is positioned in the channel of the aluminum frame and then locked into place with 1” aluminum clips attached to the frame using ½” stainless steel hex head screws.

SRS Model Skylight Screen:
Screen material is .187 and .250 diameter 304 stainless steel or galvanized carbon steel wire in a 4” X 4” grid. The screen rests on the roof surface and is attached to the skylight frame with vinyl coated stainless steel straps mounted on the vertical wire grid. Self-tapping screws fasten the screen to the skylight frame.

SSS Model Skylight Screen:
Screen material is .187 and/or .250 diameter 304 stainless steel or galvanized wire in a 4” X 4” grid. The larger wire diameter may be used in screens designed to fit skylights of more than 25” in width. Stainless steel straps and aluminum clamps secure the screen the the roof ribs without penetrating the roofing membrane. The clamps are tightened to the ribs with set screws.

SCS Model Skylight Screen:
Screen material is .187 galvanized carbon steel wire in a welded 4” X 4” grid, flat with an overall size of 40” x 128”. Support Channels are 128” in length and are formed to fit over standard ribbed or corrugated profiles. Channels rest on two of the skylight panel major ribs and are positioned lengthwise beyond the ends of the installed skylight and are attached through the roof to the steel or wood building purlins with supplied fasteners. The screen is attached at the same time using metal clips included in the kit.

Installation of Skylight Screens

The Safety Rail Source skylight screens are fast and E-Z to install and do not penetrate the roofing membrane (except the SCS and SRS models). Installation time is about 15 to 20 minutes per screen. Detailed installation instructions are included with all of our skylight screens and railings.

What Are Skylight Screens and Why Are They Needed?

Skylight screens protect people from falling thru skylights.  OSHA Standards (29 CFR 1910.23 and 29 CFR 1910.66 (a)(4)) require all skylights to be protected by compliant screens or railings.  To be OSHA compliant, skylight screens must pass a 200-pound load test for most of the USA and a 400-pound force for CAL OSHA Standards. 

Here’s why people fall thru skylights: (a) they sit on them, (b) they trip into them, (c) they slip and fall into them, (d) they back into them, (e) they walk on them in the case of flat skylights, (f) they lean over them to look inside.  Skylight accidents happen fast and are most often deadly. 

There are many types of skylights, therefore there are many types of skylight fall protection products.  Some screens clamp onto the skylights and do not penetrate the roofing membrane.  Others screens use screws that fasten into the skylights.  Some screens transfer a fall load to the roof. Skylight railings cost more, however may be required when the skylights are too large or when screens are an unwanted sight below.  Some railing systems are free-standing and some are designed to penetrate the roof and tie into the building structure. 

Here are a few skylight types: (a) domed, (b) standing seam, (c) corrugated, (d) trapazoidal, (e) smoke vent type and (f) custom skylights.

In some cases, skylight bars are installed below the skylight lens to prevent unwanted building entry from the roof as in attempted theft.  These skylight bars may prevent a fall however are not OSHA Compliant.  If one fell into the lens and the lens shattered, the lens fragments could cause serious injury to people below.  Only a screen that does not deflect to the skylight lens or an OSHA compliant railing system meets the standards of protection. 

Skylight fall protection screens are galvanized or stainless steel.  Skylight railings are typically galvanized.  With weighted base type railings, the railings are galvanized and the bases are recycled “green” PVC.