Recently the Ontario Ministry of Labour issued a special notice regarding the hazard that is unprotected skylights. The notice is thanks to a consistent number of accidents resulting from poorly protected skylights.
Recent deaths include a worker who was installing solar panels before falling on a plastic-domed skylight and subsequently falling 20 feet to his death.
The notice proceeds to instruct on important measures that can be taken to avoid these accidents such as
- ensure a risk assessment and job hazard analysis is performed before any work takes place.
- establish and monitor the implementation of a fall protection program. Make continuous improvements, as required, based on knowledge, expertise and practical experience
- limit rooftop access by implementing a roof permit system in which only authorized people and competent workers can gain access to the roof, and
- ensure all workers who go up on a roof are trained to recognize, evaluate and control all fall related hazards.
The notice provides legislative and regulatory information as well as resources for training purposes.