Unprotected Skylights

March 14, 2024

OSHA 1910.28(b)(3)(i):

“Each employee must be protected from falling through any hole (including skylights) that is 4 feet (1.2 m) or more above a lower level”, as per OSHA Code 1910.28(b)(3)(i).

According to OSHA, “Falls are the leading cause of work-related injuries and deaths among roofers. Working six feet or more above lower levels put roofers at risk for serious injury or death if they should fall. A lack of fall protection, damaged fall protection equipment, or improper setup will increase their risk of falling from height.”


SRS offers multiple solutions to protect workers from the danger of falling through a skylight including:

1. Skylight Screens compliant with 1910.29(e):

      • NextGen Skylight Safety-Screens - SRS has four different models of skylight screens which are manufactured for domed, corrugated and standing seam skylights. Screens meet a 200 to 400-pound-load requirement. Custom sizes are available in Galvanized or Stainless Steel.

2. Guardrail systems compliant with 1926.502(b):

3. Personal Fall Arrest Systems compliant with 1926.502(d):

        • Mobile Fall Protection Penetrators which work by releasing spikes that pierce into the roof when a fall occurs by one of the workers who have connected to it.
        • Roof Anchors such as the Hippo Anchor™ which is a free-standing, movable, non-penetrating, deadweight anchor system for use on roofs with up to 5-degree pitch.
        • Harnesses and Lanyards compliant with 1910.140.

Additional OSHA Code Detail:

1926.501(b)(4)(i): Each employee on walking/working surfaces shall be protected from falling through holes (including skylights) more than 6 feet (1.8 m) above lower levels, by personal fall arrest systems, covers, or guardrail systems erected around such holes.

1910.29(e): The employer must ensure each cover for a hole in a walking-working surface is capable of supporting without failure, at least twice the maximum intended load that may be imposed on the cover at any one time; and is secured to prevent accidental displacement.

New OSHA Code: 1910.28(b)(3)(i) replaces OSHA Code: 1910.23(a)(4).