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March 12, 2020 Karin McReynolds

Skylight Fall Protection - It Can Be a Matter of Life or Death

There are more than a dozen trades in which workers are permitted regular access to flat or low-sloped roofs, including but not limited to roofing, building maintenance, HVAC, electrical, plumbing and telecommunications personnel. The risk exposure is significant.

The liability to the business can be just as great.

Below, we’ve compiled news stories related to falls through skylights. Whether from aged or inadequate product, or oversight to incorporate safety and fall protection options, accidents happen. Additional statistics can be found on the OSHA (website) Reported Accidents relative to skylight falls.

Don’t wait until it’s TOO Late!
Sunoptics fall protection, safety and security products for skylights provide peace of mind and help to meet and exceed current OSHA requirements during construction and building maintenance on the roof.

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Updated 3/12/2020

Worker Falls Through Skylight at City of Bartlesville Operations Center
03/2020 | City of Bartlesville

Worker dies after fall in Altus (fiberglass panel)
03/2020 | ABC News7 KSWO

Person airlifted after falling through skylight at warehouse (fiberglass panel)
02/2020 | News5 WKRG - Perdido Beach, FL

Demolition company fined $75,000 after worker’s fall
08/2019 | WorkSafe Victoria

Man Recovering after 35-foot Fall through Skylight
08/2019 | Fox40 - Elk Grove, CA

Kentucky man ID’d as worker killed after falling through roof at athletic center
05/2019 | WHIOTV7 - Fairborn, OH

Teen in critical condition after falling through skylight in Fountain Valley
04/2019 | ABC7 - Los Angeles, CA

Contractor who died falling through roof at Easter Shipbuilding ID'd
04/2019 | Miami News Herald - Panama City, FL

Roofer Seriously Injured in Skylight Fall Awarded $25M
A roofer who suffered a brain injury and numerous fractures after falling through a skylight has won a nearly $25 million verdict.
03/2019 | The Legal Intelligencer

Coroner's office: Bluffton contractor dies after falling through skylight
03/2019 | WJCL22 ABC - Bluffton, SC

Scaffolder falls five meters through skylight (FIBERGLASS PANE ALERT!)
01/2019 | The Scaffolding Magazine - London

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