23 Apr Alabaster Gets the Skinny on Skylights
After a few months, Alabaster the alligator became more and more at ease with his new position at Atlantic Fall Protection. Slithering clumsily up ladders and working on roofs was becoming second nature to this gator. It was lunch time and the South Carolina sun was poking out between clouds that peppered the sky. The hard work of the morning left Alabaster feeling tired, hungry and slightly anti-social. He spotted a nice, solitary spot on the opposite side of the roof where he could enjoy his raw goat and fish head lunch.
Unfortunately for Alabaster, he was heading into an area of the roof with unguarded skylights that were in pretty bad shape. This momentary lapse of judgement and common sense could have sent Alabaster crashing through a skylight, especially since they looked like the perfect place to sit and eat lunch. Luckily, Bart the foreman saw Alabaster wandering into what had been marked as a “Danger Zone” during the morning tool box talk.
Bart explained, “Un-guarded skylights are a killer, Alabaster. Every year workers are injured or killed from falling through skylights. Skylights become deteriorated and brittle from years of exposure and the solid appearance gives workers a false sense of security. OSHA requires that all skylights are protected with a guardrail or screen, so steer clear of these until we cover them up tomorrow.”
Needless to say, Alabaster took Bart’s advice and found a safe place to devour his meal.
General Industry and Construction OSHA Standards require ALL SKYLIGHTS TO BE PROTECTED with a screen or railing. Check back next time for more helpful tips on the Adventures of Alabaster.