Do You Need a Skylight Protection System?

It’s not uncommon to see the openings known as skylights on Canadian roofs. A skylight is installed on a roof to ensure safe access to the roof or to allow for air exchange or natural lighting. Like any object that allows access to a roof, a skylight must include a suitable protection system. The ultimate fall prevention method—and therefore the ultimate skylight protection system—is the guardrail.

It’s not uncommon to see the openings known as skylights on Canadian roofs. A skylight is installed on a roof to ensure safe access to the roof or to allow for air exchange or natural lighting. Like any object that allows access to a roof, a skylight must include a suitable protection system. The ultimate fall prevention method—and therefore the ultimate skylight protection system—is the guardrail.

The guardrail: a skylight protection system

The best way to prevent accidents related to skylights is the guardrail. This is a device that is installed on flat roofs. It’s the most effective fall protection system for skylights. The skylight guardrail protects access to the hatch, which is often installed on the edge of the roof. This barrier also prevents people from falling into the hatch when it is left open.

Do you need a guardrail on your skylight? 

You need a skylight protection system if you want to access the roof. Whether you own a building or you are a company that performs work on a roof, you need to prevent the fall risks associated with height. In particular, a skylight guardrail allows any maintenance service to intervene safely on the roof without any risk of falling through the skylight. You should know that falls from a height are defined as being a major risk on all buildings, so an individual or company is required to prevent these risks by offering the most suitable collective protection methods to anyone who needs to climb up to the roof via a skylight or roof hatch.

The self-supporting guardrail: a skylight protection system

To make your life easier, choose a skylight protection system that doesn’t require any welding to be installed safely. Indeed, a certain number of skylight protection systems require the waterproofing of the roof membrane to be penetrated to secure the anchor to the structure. For temporary interventions, the owner certainly won’t want to compromise the integrity of the membrane. For this reason, non-penetrating roof anchors exist.

A fast and easy installation system

The self-supporting skylight guardrail distributed by MSK Canada is a system equipped with a certain number of components, such as aluminum, which is light and rust-resistant. Manufactured in Québec, it is therefore suitable for extreme weather conditions and meets the applicable standards.

Despite the strong and reliable construction materials, this guardrail remains entirely self-supporting, which lets you preserve the waterproofing of the roof membrane. Indeed, its clamp fastening is risk-free for the membrane and 100% perforation-free.

Although it is designed to be a permanent protection solution, the guardrail system is completely modular. It can therefore be disassembled, moved, and reassembled according to your needs. The modular design of the guardrail makes it possible to install it without special tools. It can also be used on multiple skylights on several different buildings. On all roofs or terraces at height, the risk is not only at the periphery. Think about it: means of access without a protection method are places where accidents are easy and common. Being able to move your skylight protection system where you need it is therefore a significant comfort!

Your life and that of your employees or the contractors that you hire for your roof work rely on your fall prevention system. The skylight guardrail is the ideal object to offer you the best protection for life.

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