According to OSHA, one of the top causes of construction deaths is from falls. One way to mitigate these risks on roof tops is through the installation and use of safety products. In this article we will discuss five ways to add safety to your rooftop access through roof hatches.
The first, and easiest way to add safety to your roof hatch is to keep the cover shut when not in use. When the door is closed there is not an available opening for people, tools or equipment to fall into. Additionally, this will reduce the possibility of the door and components from being damaged from wind.
The second way is to utilize a Ladder Safety Post. The ladder safety post is attached to a vertical ladder that telescopes up when the roof hatch is open. The use of the post allows leverage for personnel when entering and exiting the hatch as there are typically no places hold on to.
A third option is to use Safety Grab Bars. The Safety Grab Bars are mounted to the outside counterflash of the roof hatch. Similar to the Ladder Safety Post, the Grab Bars allow for leverage, gripping and stabilization while entering and exiting a personnel roof hatch. The grab bar can be added to one corner, or to two.
The fourth option is to install Roof Hatch Safety Railings. These railings are designed specifically to fit roof hatches. These are generally available with a chain closure or a spring loaded gate that automatically closes. When installed properly, the safety railing guards the opening of the roof hatch to prevent people from falling into the roof hatch while on a rooftop.
The fifth and final is to utilize a more robust option, Corral Guardrails. The Corral Guardrail is a hybrid of the traditional roof hatch safety railing and the Weighted Base Guardrail system. Available with an automatic closure gate or zinc coated chain closure. The corral system is most often utilized with a roof hatch is within 10 feet of the building edge.
Nystrom understands building codes, regulations and common industry practices when dealing with Roof Hatches. For more information on how Nystrom can assist on your next project, please visit www.Nystrom.com.