June 24, 2014

Roof Hatch Safety with Guardrails

Roof hatches are present on most non-residential buildings and allow workers easy access to the roof for regular rooftop equipment maintenance, renovations, and maintenance. Roof hatches are very convenient but can pose a serious safety risk to anyone unaware of a hatch’s proximity.

Roof hatches are especially risky if the hatch is accidentally left open or workers are unaware of its presence. A worker may trip on the lip of the hatch or fall back into the opening, suffering debilitating or life-threatening injuries. While this may seem rare, workers falling through roof hatches are a very common workplace injury. Providing workers with protection from roof openings using a roof hatch guardrail is an essential workplace safety measure.

Along with roof hatches allowing access to the roof for workers, they also enable workers to bring up any tools needed for building maintenance. W.S. Safety recommends using this unique roof hatch guardrail as part of your fall protection system.

This roof hatch guardrail has an optional roof hoist available which assists workers in lifting the required tools and materials to the roof without risking injury by lifting the materials through the roof hatch themselves. The roof hoist conveniently folds away when not in use, and the remaining guardrail simply offers dependable fall protection.

This non-penetrating roof hatch guard also has:

  • Fasteners for installation of the hatch guard.
  • Grab bars to assist access or exit from the roof hatch.
  • Fast and easy hatch guard installation for the roof.

There are many OSHA-approved options to protect roof openings, but we think the roof hatch guardrail is one of the better ones. The roof hatches supplied by W.S. Safety come equipped with a self-closing safety gate so that workers can just walk through and not worry about closing a gate behind them. Workers are once again safe and protected when they exit the area – hands-free.

If you want the best protection for your workers around your roof hatches or need new improvements to your existing rooftop safety, please contact us for expert and reliable service.

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