Volume 43, Issue 9 - September 2008
Taken to Task (Group)
Plastic skylights are domed and can be installed horizontally, while glass glazing, being flat, must be installed on enough slope for drainage.
It has been found that the data used to quantify injuries and death in falls through skylights has not differentiated between holes in a roof under construction or through skylights, which would make the falls through skylights far less than reported. The type of glazing in these cases is not known.
The National Institute for Occupational
Safety and Health publication
number 2004-156 “Preventing Falls of
Workers through Skylights and Roof
and Floor Openings” describes reducing
death and injuries from falls which
and correctly documents that there
must be a joint effort among the following
A Trendy Point
Even though we are headquartered in Australia, I have travelled extensively throughout the United States and am always surprised at the point-fixed market. While travelling along the East Coast, and especially the New York-area, in my discussions with architects I find that they seem to be very conservative with their approach, using fittings that were designed 20 years ago. The West Coast architects tend to be more willing to accept modern approaches. Here in Australia, the architects are very “out there” and are willing to put the effort into designing structures with glass facades and newer point-fix system designs.
Linox Technology prides itself on being on the cutting edge of design and, as an example, we have manufactured a glass point-fix system that incorporates an automatic vertical louver sunshade. Basically, the façade contractor can install point-fix glass (no holes in the glass), plus an external shading control system in one go using the point-fix arm as the support for the glass and sunshade. That way the architectural design is very smooth and the glass façade is very prominently displayed.
The concept behind all of our design
work is based on cutting edge stainless
steel casting, which is only limited by
size and imagination. The real design
work is what we are, in the end, all
about. Promoting our company internationally
has always been the hardest
pill to swallow—how could a company
in Australia with its own manufacturing
facilities in Australia and China be
on the cutting edge, people ask.