Skylight protectors can and do save lives

Providing compliant systems to gain access to roofs is an excellent way to ensure your workers are protected ... but what about the hidden dangers once they are working there?

Skylights are often overlooked but they pose a significant threat and are an all too common cause of deadly falls from heights.

This video is a real life case and a devastating example of how dangerous insufficiently protected skylights can be.



Joe was a worker with many years’ experience in the working at heights industry who had been employed at the same company for 25 years. His co-workers describe the incidents leading up to his tragic death when he fell over 9 metres through an unprotected skylight.

The roof of the building where the incident occurred had numerous skylights but there were no guardrails or safety mesh and the workers were not wearing any type of personal protective equipment or safety harnesses


Joe was not doing anything reckless or foolhardy and his death could have easily been prevented. Most skylights are not designed to withstand the weight of a falling worker and you need to ensure that your building and your workers are sufficiently protected.


How do you know if your skylights are compliant and not potentially deadly hazards for your workers? Read our document, The Myths of Safety Mesh for more information.

What about the other systems on your roofs - are they compliant? Take our 3 minute Height Safety Risk Calculator and assess your risk level.

Want help to make your workplace safer? Ask us how!