Commercial Solar – Ensuring The Right Access Safety System is in PlaceMarch 25 2020
Many modern businesses all over Australia and New Zealand are investing in solar systems to mitigate the effects of increasing power costs, as well as to benefit from the positive impact of embracing environmentally sustainable practices and demonstrating a brand commitment to the planet. Working at heights safety is a critical consideration for your company when you elect to install solar to ensure protection of workers when maintaining these systems.
Solar Installation and Working at Heights Safety
When it comes to commercial solar, height safety and access must be considered during planning and installation. You need to choose the right partner to ensure height safety access for the benefit of your business and the safety of your workers, contractors, visitors.
Why is Height Safety so Important?
SafeWork Australia responds to far too many incidents relating to falls from heights, which result in a fatality or serious workplace injury.
Installation of solar systems requires accessing and working on rooftops, and it’s essential to identify hazards and eliminate or minimise the risks of falls, even if the rooftop work is only for a very short length of time. These risks are even greater when installing commercial solar systems, which usually covers a larger area and at a greater height than for residential installations. It’s important to understand, however, that even falling from a low height can expose workers to risks of debilitating or permanent injuries. These, in turn, translate to the loss of income, medical costs, and costs to the employer, and potentially life changing impacts on the worker and their families.
Solar Installation – Height Safety Considerations
When installing solar systems, falls from height are the main cause of injury, and the specific hazards that can lead to this include:
- Unprotected edges
- Fragile rooftop surfaces
- Skylights, vents, and holes
- Inclement weather conditions
- Trip hazards on the rooftop
- Losing grip or overbalancing on sloping or pitched roofs
Many incidents occur due to falling:
- from a roof
- through a roof
- through a rooftop opening
- while accessing a roof
Businesses and their workers have a responsibility to identify hazards and manage workplace risks. This is set down and legislated in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulation 2017.
What is my Responsibility?
When you are installing a solar system, you must provide and maintain a safe working environment, including following specific height safety procedures and using fall prevention equipment where a worker, contractor, or visitor has the risk of falling more than two metres, or where there are energised electrical installations or services present.
Why Partner with RIS?
Here at RIS, we provide a wide array of height safety services and innovative systems to improve safety and processes for people working at heights, as well as in confined spaces. Our solutions are ideal for solar installers.
Our commitment to you includes:
- PROTECTION – we are passionate about protecting workers, contractors, and visitors, and we have the unparalleled experience to be the very best in our industry.
- SAFETY – we actively maximise safety in the workplace, for our team as well as your staff and contractors. As such, we are your one-stop-height-safety-shop covering everything from design & manufacture of height safety systems to installation & inspection.
- TEAM – we are very proud to have a highly trained team of experts working for us. We strive to exceed your expectations for service and solution delivery.
- SOLUTIONS – our bespoke solutions are innovative and technically designed to suit your unique needs. There is no height safety challenge that we cannot solve.
- QUALITY – delivering the highest quality is our commitment to you – from all engineering and product development and manufacturing, to solution design & installation, and carried through to audits, inspections. Everything we do is designed to meet or exceed AU & NZ standards.
RISsafety is your ideal partner for working at heights QLD, NSW, VIC, SA, TAS and NZ. We have the expertise and solutions to help you provide a safe work environment for commercial solar installation at your premises, no matter where they are or what kind of building you are in.
Contact us today by calling (02) 8781 2100 (Australia) or 0800 111 747 (NZ) or enquire here. We look forward to working with you.
Here is SafeWork NSW’s latest video about solar height safety – which is applicable to both residential and commercial buildings.
Why RISsafety Should Be Your Next Career MoveOctober 18 2019
When you think about your career and how you want it to play out, not all companies are on the same wavelength as you. So, making your ideal career happen and …
Worksafe NZ Releases New Guidelines For Working At HeightsSeptember 26 2019
Worksafe New Zealand has just updated and released their Best Practice Guidelines for Working at Height in New Zealand. It aims to provide practical guidance to employers, contractors, employees and anyone …
Updates to Fall Arrest AnchorsSeptember 23 2019
As there have been requests for advice on the status of Australian Standards under the WHS legislation, SafeWork NSW and the Working at Heights Association have both released updates on this …
RISsafety Wins Inaugural Spotless Award for Height Safety ServicesSeptember 9 2019
To keep their buildings and facilities running smoothly at an optimal, safe and cost-effective level, many organisations turn to Spotless. As part of the height safety component of the requirements of …
RISsafety Completes Annual Training in Current Installation of Hilti ProductsSeptember 6 2019
At RISsafety, we pride ourselves on delivering and maintaining the best in class service. Part of this is ensuring that we are always up to date with any training requirements. This …
RISsafety is proud to be the platinum sponsor for Ideaction 2019May 15 2019
RISsafety is the platinum sponsor for this event at the Hyatt Regency in Sydney in June 2019. Visit the event website here