This is a very commonly asked question and there are many different contributing factors that form the answer. You may think that because you have safety mesh installed under your skylights your workers are protected. However, consider the following:
- Safety wire mesh needs to comply with the Australian Standard AS/NZS 439 Safety Mesh.
- It needs to be structurally sound and must be checked for corrosion. The age, type of material and environmental elements that it is exposed to can all impact on its integrity.
- Correct installation is vital and the mesh needs to be securely connected, overlapped and joined in order to provide adequate fall protection.
Is the safety wire mesh under your skylights sufficient protection and does it comply?
This tragic story which highlights how important it is to check that the skylights on your roof are not potential fall hazards.
Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident and there have been many reported cases throughout the years of worker injury or death as a result of falls through skylights.
Our document The Myths of Safety Mesh explains in more detail how you can ensure you are giving you and your workers the best protection possible.
Skylight protectors are guaranteed peace of mind for buildings owners, facility managers and workers. Guardrail can also be very effective, offering fall prevention and limiting access to unsafe areas.