Task Group Prepares Position, Survey on Skylight Falls
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association's (AAMA) Skylight
Council's Skylight Fall Protection Task Group met yesterday via
conference call to review and approve its skylight fall protection
position paper. A draft of the paper will be sent out shortly for
comments from the full council.
The group also will soon be issuing a skylight fall survey to skylight
manufacturers in order to gather instances of skylight-related injuries,
or the lack thereof. During the conference call, task group members
shared accounts of those incidents with which they were familiar-some
manufacturers had gone 30 years without a single accident while
others had experienced a small handful of incidents in as much time.
"I think the issue here is to get years of skylight manufacturing
experience weighing in on what [has been] seen in terms of incidence,"
commented one member of the task group.
The group hopes to gather information on the type of skylight involved
in fatal or nonfatal incidents, as well as roof pitch, whether the
individual involved was a worker or unauthorized person and if any
fall protection equipment was used. According to task group chair
John Westerfield of CrystaLite Inc., that last point is brought
up in consideration of anecdotal evidence that a number of falls
have involved workers wearing improperly secured safety harnesses.
If your company is not a member of AAMA and is interested in participating
in the skylight survey, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
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