The roof edge is not the only thing that presents the risk of falling when on a roof. There is another common hazard which possibly poses more of a threat. I say this for two reasons:
- Roof lights or skylights are not as easy to spot as the roof edge, while you often don’t be on the look out for this particular hazard. When you travel onto a roof surface, you are typically aware almost immediately where the roof edge is and make a mental note. Roof lights are often overlooked or not immediately spotted.
- It is not instantly apparent whether or not a roof light is strong enough to carry a load and can often mistakenly be considered to be safe. They can also deteriorate and become brittle in time. The nature of roof lights and the fact that they blend in with the rest of the roof surface also means that you can walk across one by accident, especially if you are preoccupied with something else.
Protecting People Who Work At Height
There is a serious emphasis on building owners to ensure that they protect anyone who may be on the roof, including workers and maintenance personnel. This includes both roof edge and roof light protection. Even when it is not considered necessary for a worker to frequent the part of the roof where the roof lights are located, as pointed out above, human error can still occur.
For this reason, the danger of falling is always present and the necessary precautions must be taken.
How To Provide Roof Light Protection
While roof cable systems and guardrail can often keep workers away from potential hazards altogether, often there are times where this cannot be prevented. This can be dictated by the location of building equipment, or indeed that the roof lights themselves need to be cleaned.
The Kee Cover is a fully tested roof light cover, constructed with Kee Klamp tube and fittings along with mesh panels. A 1200 joule test has been carried out to BS EN 1873. The Kee Cover has been specifically designed to provide a strong and durable solution without blocking out any light to the building.
Available In 2 Options
The Kee Cover is available in two options, one which lies flat against the roof light itself and one which is raised on small legs, leaving a distance between it and the roof light. This option ensures that the roof light is not damaged in the event of a fall.
Need Another Option for Raised Skylights or Hatches?
If it is a skylight or roof hatch that is raised and the Kee Cover is not a suitable solution, the Kee Dome provides a free-standing guardrail solution which encloses the hazard. It can be used with a Self-Closing Kee Gate to provide safe access in the case of a hatch. The Kee Dome also complies fully with current roof safety legislation.
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