Brooklyn hospital where the injured was taken.

Why Passive Fall Protection is Important

Man Breaks Both Legs After Falling Through Skylight At Bed-Stuy Roof Party

A man was seriously injured after falling through the skylight of a roof in Brooklyn early Sunday, officials said. 

The 25-year-old man was attending a party in Bed-Stuy at 185 Malcolm X Boulevard when he plunged through the rooftop window at around 1 a.m., officials said. He broke both his legs in the four-story fall, and was conscious and alert when firefighters arrived to remove him from the shaft, the Daily News reports

Thankfully he is expected to survive.

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Unfortunately, we see an article like this at least twice a month. Not only are we seeing them more often, insurance companies are noticing as well. They are making large changes to their clients rates to compensate after becoming more aware of this potential high risk area.

So what can be done to prevent these terrible accidents? Having up to code skylights is always important. The best option for skylights is having OSHA passive fall protection skylights. There is not a single solution for this, and every skylight and building are different. There are many options:

  • fall protected glass
  • safety screens
  • fall protected “Nano Cell” polycarbonate
  • railings
  • fall protected monolithic polycarbonate
  • and more!

By installing passive fall protection on your skylights you not only get to save people from serious injury or death, but you can also lower your insurance rates.  Most large building (malls, shopping centers, retail box stores, government  building, sports complex’s, and others) are changing out or adding fall protection to their skylights.

Passive fall protection is safety equipment that does not require training or set up to function. This type of equipment is most important to install where untrained people have access.

There are many passive fall protection systems out there, and the ideal one will depend on your specific situation. Please contact us if you have any concerns that the skylights on your building are not fall protected. We are always happy to help.

 

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