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NextGen 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.
  1. Model STS

  2. Model SRS

  3. Model SSS

  4. Model SCS

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.