Rooftop Safety

Expert Rooftop Safety Solutions
in British Columbia

We are Skyline Group: the trusted choice for safe elevated work areas in British Columbia. Our experts combine years of expertise to enhance rooftop safety across Canada. Where workplaces are troubled with fall hazards, our comprehensive approach empowers architects, engineers, contractors and property managers to reach beyond compliance into true safety.

The figures around slips, trips and falls in British Columbia’s workplace continue to increase, with 7,000 workers injured as a result of these incidents on an annual basis. These statistics are more than just numbers: they are human reminders of the potentially tragic implications of avoidable accidents. That’s why we’re inviting you to join us in our mission: to create safe elevated work areas that protect people, companies and brands. Get started with Skyline today and take your first steps towards creating a culture of safety where workers at height are protected.

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Surrey
15300 Croydon Drive, Unit 300,
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada V3Z 0Z5

+1 877 417 6336

Open From 7a.m. to 5p.m. (EST)

Our Products

Designed to meet British Columbia's climate requirements, our total range of rooftop safety solutions enhances safety at the core of your business, ensuring protection for those workers who need it most.
Access Ladders

Ensure compliance with British Columbia’s height safety standards and create a secure means of accessing your rooftop. Our modular access ladders are designed to meet an array of roof or hatch access applications.

Guardrails & Bumplines

Like any rooftop in North America, British Columbia’s rooftops are no exception. They include HVAC systems, solar panels, and various RTUs, requiring safe navigation. Our Guardrails & Bumplines offer a secure way for facilities and maintenance teams to move across or around these installations safely.

Walkways

Ensuring a clear path for rooftop access is crucial. Our collection of aluminum and paver walkways provides secure transit for workers across British Columbia, facilitating safe access to and from rooftop entry points.

Crossover Bridges

For navigating rooftops with obstacles, Crossover Bridges offer safe access across British Columbia’s complex rooftop environments. Explore this innovative approach to transform rooftop safety standards in your area.

Roof Hatch Safety

Throughout British Columbia, workers accessing roofs via hatches face significant fall hazards. Our hatch safety solutions are designed to provide secure entry and exit, significantly reducing the chance of fall-related injuries.

Skylight Safety

In British Columbia’s winter months, skylights become hidden fall hazards due to snow accumulation. Our skylight safety solutions are designed to protect rooftop workers from these dangers, ensuring a safer work environment.

Temporary Safety Products

For commercial buildings in British Columbia that need a flexible solution, our range offers temporary rooftop guardrail systems that deliver the essential strength and stability for short-term construction projects.

Custom Solutions

Crafting custom solutions tailored to your needs, our team leverages design principles to create bespoke safety measures, ensuring compliance with British Columbia’s stringent rooftop safety standards.

Services

As your rooftop safety partner, the Skyline Group can help from initial roof hazard review and safety assessment to providing a full solution that meets your local fall protection standards.
Sales Consultation

How the consultation works

Your On-site Consultation

A roof safety specialist will confirm your on-site consultation prior to arriving, ensuring approved access to the building. The duration of the consultation is dependent on the roof size and layout, but will typically take anywhere from a few hours to half a day.

 

Identifying Safety Risks & Hazards

Our findings are summarized and include a list of fall hazards that exist, regulations/standards that are impacted, recommended safety solutions, along with a guided tour of your rooftop.

 

Minimizing Risk – Safety & Compliance Made Easy

Our findings will serve as a guide in minimzing the risk of injury, detailing the recommended solutions in order to minimize the hazards at-hand, and ultimately ensuring your rooftop is in compliance with both federal and British Columbia’s provincial safety requirements. This information can also serve as a log for yearly inspections.

What You’ll Receive

Comprehensive solutions that protect your staff; from access ladders, guardrails, bumplines and walkways to crossover bridges, skylight safety solutions, roof hatch safety solutions and more. Along with references to Quebec’s local height safety codes.

This program provides the peace of mind of knowing your rooftop is compliant, and most importantly safe for maintenance teams and roof workers to navigate.
Lunch & Learn Program

 

How the training works

Personalized Learning

Skyline Group will schedule a time to visit your British Columbia based office and present on height safety regulations and how to identify potential risks. You will learn about rooftop fall protection and access systems and how they can be applied in various rooftop applications, along with how they can reduce the liability for property owners, and ultimately create a safer working environment. If an online webinar is preferred, we can indeed accommodate for a digital learning experience.

 

Coffee Break

The most productive learning takes place on a full stomach. When requested, Skyline provides a catered lunch to all participants in our Lunch and Learn Program.

 

Certificate of Participation

All participants will receive a certificate of participation on completion of the course. Ideal for property management professionals, specifiers and contractors, this certificate helps workers in British Columbia demonstrate their safety credentials and expertise.

 

What people have to say

Local Regulations
and Compliance

Information on how the products/services comply with local safety regulations.

Obligation to Use Fall Protection – Section 11

(1) Unless elsewhere provided for in this Regulation, an employer must ensure that a fall protection system is used when work is being done at a place

(a) from which a fall of 3 m (10 ft) or more may occur, or
(b) where a fall from a height of less than 3 m involves a risk of injury greater than the risk of injury from the impact on a flat surface.

Guardrail locations

4.55 An area accessible to workers must have guards or guardrails installed in any of the following circumstances:

a) if a raised floor, open-sided floor, mezzanine, gallery, balcony, work platform, ramp, walkway, or runway is 122 cm (4 ft.) or more above the adjacent floor or grade level;

b) on both sides of any walkway over or adjacent to any substance which is a hazard if a worker fell in, or on it, or which is over machinery or work areas;

c) around the perimeter of any open container or containment area such as an open vat, bin, tank or pit which is 122 cm (4 ft.) or more in depth and which has sides that do not extend at least as high as required for a guardrail above the adjacent grade or work surface;

d) if a stairway ends in direct proximity to dangerous traffic or other hazard to prevent inadvertent entry into the dangerous area.

Exceptions

4.56 Section 4.55 does not apply
a) to the front edge of a loading dock or to the viewing edge of a performance stage, and to parts of the scenic units which will be visible to the audience during a rehearsal or performance, provided effective measures are taken to ensure that workers are protected from injury,

b) during the construction, demolition, renovation or modification of a work area provided that

i. access is restricted only to the workers involved in the activity, and
ii. the requirements of Part 11 [Fall Protection] are followed, or

c) to a movable work platform or scaffold, as those terms are defined in section 13.1, if the movable work platform or scaffold meets the requirements set out in section 13.2 (1) (a) and (b) and (2) that apply in respect of guardrails on the movable work platform or scaffold.

Elevated workers

4.57 If a worker is employed on stilts or work platforms, or is otherwise elevated above the floor, and the effective height of guardrails, walls, or barricades is thus reduced to less than the height specified in section 4.54, additional guardrails must be installed or a personal fall protection system must be used in accordance with the relevant requirements contained in Part 11 [Fall Protection].

Occupational Health and Safety Regulation Part 4 – General Conditions
https://www.bclaws.gov.bc.ca/civix/document/id/complete/statreg/296_97_02#section4.55

Ladders – Section 24

Fixed ladders must be provided at every dock for access to and egress from the water, and must

a) be spaced at intervals not exceeding 30 m (100 ft),
b) extend from the top of the dock to at least 1 m (3.3 ft) below the lowest water level,
c) be maintained free of barnacles and marine growth, and

d) have their location identified by high visibility paint on the curb or bullrail.

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FAQs

According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, the majority (67%) of falls occur on the same level due to slips and trips, while 30% are from heights. This highlights the importance of robust safety measures for working at height. In British Columbia, varying weather conditions significantly impact rooftop safety. For instance, heavy rainfalls create slippery conditions, increasing fall risks.

Regardless of the commercial or industrial rooftop size and layout, keeping fall protection and height safety at the top of one’s mind is a must. Here are a few common fall hazards we come across while reviewing rooftops;

  • Inadequate walkways leading close to roof edges without proper fall protection.
  • Maintenance tasks near the edge without adequate safeguards.
  • Open roof hatch systems lacking protective gates or barriers.
  • Seasonal challenges like rain or morning dew making certain rooftop materials especially slippery.
  • Steep roof slopes without level walkways, complicating safe navigation.
  • Snow cover obscuring skylights, RTUs, and roof edges, heightening fall risks.
  • Insufficient roof access, such as missing or non-compliant fixed ladders.
  • Existing safety solutions that do not comply with current standards.

Skyline Group’s roofing safety and fall protection solutions are rigorously designed and crafted to meet both British Columbia’s WorkSafeBC regulations and Canadian federal safety standards. We continuously innovate and refine our products to exceed basic compliance and ensure a safe working environment. Partnering with Skyline means collaborating with experts who not only understand the complexities of rooftop navigation but are committed to promoting a safety-first culture at elevated heights.

What might be custom for your rooftop can be standard for our team. The modular nature of our roof safety railings and roof ladders allows us to create a custom solution using standard stocked modular components.

Skyline Group specializes in crafting custom safety solutions tailored for unique rooftop layouts in British Columbia. Leveraging our modular safety railings and roof ladders, we adapt standard components to meet specific needs. Our process begins with a discovery phase to understand your roof’s layout and safety hazards thoroughly. We then design solutions that align with your specific requirements, ensuring all potential risks are addressed. After project approval, we assist with tailored delivery and installation to ensure seamless integration of safety systems.

For short-term projects in British Columbia, Skyline Group offers a range of temporary safety solutions. These include safety rails and guardrails designed to establish a secure perimeter for work near building edges. Additionally, we provide bumplines and warning line systems, which are crucial for signaling the proximity of hazards and ensuring compliance with regional safety standards. These temporary systems are essential for maintaining safety during the critical phases of construction and other transient activities.

Skyline Group’s rooftop safety solutions, whether galvanized steel or aluminum, are specifically engineered to withstand the diverse climate of British Columbia. The robust construction of our safety systems guarantees both longevity and reliability, ensuring that they perform optimally under varying weather conditions and continue to provide dependable safety over time.

Skyline Group offers comprehensive training and support services tailored to the unique safety requirements of British Columbia. Our safety specialists deliver both in-person and webinar-based lunch-and-learn sessions that focus on local height safety regulations and general Canadian safety practices. These sessions are structured around critical safety aspects: ensuring safe access to roofs and elevated platforms, and establishing safe work environments for height-related tasks.

In British Columbia, while there are no specific regulations dictating the frequency of safety equipment inspections, Skyline Group recommends a thorough inspection strategy. When reviewing roof ladders and safety rails, we recommend the following approach to understand when you should inspect the safety system.

  • Inspect the fixed ladder before each use.
  • Inspect fixed ladders and safety rails periodically, at least annually or after/before each new season.
  • Report any defect promptly to building management and tag the item to ensure it is out of service.
  • Keep a record of every inspection and the status of the unit.

Defects should be immediately reported and the equipment tagged as out of service. Skyline Group can facilitate these inspections, ensuring that all equipment is maintained according to the highest safety standards and operational requirements.

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