Solar panel installation in California is a risky business. The potential of falling from roofs, arranging and lifting unwieldy panels, panels heating up as soon as they are unpacked are some of the risks of handing solar panels. Solar panels are also subject to traditional roofing risks, electrical trades, and carpentry. Solar panel companies should implement safety training for their employees. Companies can mitigate potential solar panel installation injuries by putting preventive measures in place.
Different risks for every worksite
Worksites are very different. Before starting the installation of solar panels, it is essential for the installers to visit the site and identify any potential risks and come up with specific plans to address them. These plans should include fall protection for working on rooftop, size, and type of ladders needed, personal protection tools and the right equipment to be used for handling and lifting of solar panels. Professionals should inspect and verify all the required equipment for the job before bringing them to the worksite.
Handling and lifting solar panels
Lifting solar panels can be challenging because they are heavy and fragile. Unloading and loading solar panels from trucks and placing them on roofs can cause sprains, strains back injuries and muscle pull. They can also cause stress to the spine. When exposed to sunlight, the solar panels can heat up too quickly, and this can cause burns if you don’t handle them safely.
Solar panel installation companies in California should put in safety measures such as ensuring at least two people lift each solar panel while applying safe solar panel lifting techniques. Forklifts and mobile carts should be used to transport solar panels to the worksite and around the worksite. Workers should avoid climbing ladders while carrying panels. Properly inspected cranes should be used to get the panels onto rooftops. The panels should be covered in an opaque sheet to prevent heating up of the solar after unpacking it. Workers should always wear gloves when handling solar panels.
Trips and falls
All construction jobs are at risk of having trips and falls. This includes solar panel installation. The most common trips and falls occur on roofs and ladders. The risks of trips and falls are more when installing solar panels because the workspace becomes small as more solar panels are installed. Workers should keep all the work areas clear from obstructions and dry. Holes on the rooftops should be covered, and workers should put three protective measures in place for fall distances of more than 6 feet.
Personal protective equipment
It is essential to have personal protective equipment when installing solar panels. It is the responsibility of the employer to assess the workplace before solar panel installation California. Gloves, hard hats, steel-toed rubber-soled shoes are among some of the commonly required personal protective equipment for solar projects. The employees have the responsibility of using the personal protective equipment following the instructions from their employers. The workers should maintain the safe and reliable condition of the equipment and request replacements when it is necessary.