Skylight Guardrail (RoofGuard)

Designed specifically to address fall protection concerns without minimizing light from your skylights, this rooftop guardrail system allows for the optimum use of your skylight while ensuring that it does not become a fall protection liability. Our skylight guardrail systems are freestanding and utilize our counter-weighted baseplates, eliminating the need for hardware connections to your rooftop. Every skylight guardrail system is designed specifically for the individual skylight it is designed to cover. This helps to ensure that the guardrail will not be visible to those beneath the skylight, and also ensures that none of the sunlight will be affected by the presence of the guardrail system. With the addition of a skylight guardrail to your rooftop, you will be able to protect your employees and eliminate the fall danger that skylights present.  

RoofGuard has been designed to meet or exceed all major North American safety standards/regulations including Ontario MOL requirements, ANSI, OSHA, Canadian OHS & WorkSafeBC.

Why You Need a Skylight Guardrail System
Many safety regulations consider rooftop skylights to be a hole in the roof surface. More often than not if a skylight is accidentally stepped on or fallen into it can break and cause a fall from a fatal height. This is why many safety regulations mandate that if a skylight is in the vicinity of a working area or walking surface, they must be protected with the appropriate fall prevention equipment.


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RoofGuard 4' x 4' Skylight Kit

This RoofGuard Skylight Kit is a 4’ by 4’ kit and includes aluminum handrail tube, cast aluminum magnesium fittings, baseplates, rubber pads and installation tools.

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RoofGuard 4' x 6' Skylight Kit

This RoofGuard Skylight Kit is a 4’ by 6’ kit and includes aluminum handrail tube, cast aluminum magnesium fittings, baseplates, rubber pads and installation tools.

RoofGuard 6' x 6' Skylight Kit

RoofGuard 6' x 6' Skylight Kit

This RoofGuard Skylight Kit is a 6’ by 6’ kit and includes aluminum handrail tube, cast aluminum magnesium fittings, baseplates, rubber pads and installation tools.

RoofGuard 9' x 9' Skylight Kit

RoofGuard 9' x 9' Skylight Kit

This RoofGuard Skylight Kit is a 9’ by 9’ kit and includes aluminum handrail tube, cast aluminum magnesium fittings, baseplates, rubber pads and installation tools.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • A worker shall be adequately protected by a guardrail system. Requirements for guardrails are found in the regulation for construction projects (s.26.1) . The regulation for industrial establishment (ss. 13 and 14) contains provisions for permanent guardrails. The regulation for construction projects provides that if it is not reasonably possible to install guardrails, a worker must be adequately protected by at least one of the following methods of fall protection:
    • Safety net
    • Travel Restraint system
    • Fall Arrest System
    • Fall Restricting System
  • More versatile than fixed-length steel rail systems.
  • Stackable base plates.
  • User friendly and ergonomic.
  • Lower labor costs
  • Everything on one skid (materials, tools, layout design) – low shipping costs.
  • Price! More attractive pricing for distributor partners – higher selling margins.
  • Aluminum rail systems “blend in” with the building and mechanical equipment.
  • Passive fall protection is the type of protection that does NOT require any action by people. Examples include: Guardrails, Safety Nets, etc.
  • Active fall protection is the type of protection that requires training and direct connection to an engineered fall protection system or anchor point. Examples include: Body Harnesses and Lanyards, Anchor Points, etc.
  • General rule: Try and develop protection that does not require active fall protection. “Engineer out the hazard”
  • Yes, all of our systems include a user manual, custom drawing, and detailed installation instructions. If needed, we do offer installation as well.
  • Arguably the easiest rooftop system on the market to install, all kits come with everything required to assemble this elegantly simple system.
  • Typically consists of 9 ft rail sections and 6 ft returns (tie-backs).
  • Returns have a minimum of 3 base plates on the end post to provide the necessary counterweight to allow the system to meet lateral force ratings.
  • Returns are positioned at a MAXIMUM of 27 ft intervals (3 sections of 9 ft rails).
  • Are my rooftop openings properly guarded to comply with current working at heights laws?
  • Am I, or any of my staff working within 6’ of the roof edge and require fall protection?
  • Do I need access to multiple rooftop elevations?
  • Are there trip hazards on my rooftop?
  • Is there frequently accessed equipment on my roof that may pose a risk?

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RoofGuard Line of Products

An investment in fall protection

Cost-effective working at heights safety solutions

Safe and reliable engineered fall protection solution

Meets or exceeds all OSHA and ANSI safety standards and regulations

Protects employees from injury or death from potential accidents working at heights

Reduces the potential for costly fines and high insurance premiums

All individual components are under 40 lbs

Reduces PPE and training requirements of staff and contractors

Simple and quick installations that require only one tool


Passive Vs Active Fall Protection

When a hazard assessment is completed, and a need for fall protection is established, there are two general types of systems that can solve the need and keep the workers safe, passive or active fall protection.

Passive Fall Protection
A “passive” fall protection system refers to a system that is non-dynamic, stationary, and does not move or adapt or change when in or out of use. They do not require the use of Personal Protective Equipment or active participation from the worker. Typical passive solutions include Guardrails or Netting Systems. This is the preferred choice for its ease of use without the need for additional training and PPE.
Active Fall Protection
An “active” Fall Protection System requires the use of special equipment and participation by the worker. There are two types of Active Fall Protection Systems, fall restraint and fall arrest systems. These systems share the common feature of securing the worker wearing a full-body harness to an anchorage point with some type of connecting system, depending on the application. Active Fall Protection Systems include Fall Arrest Anchors, Roof Anchors, and Safety Harness’.

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Check to see what federal & provincial regulations for working at heights and fall protection are and which RoofGuard systems help you comply.

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