Uninformed workers on
Site could cause injury to
themselves or others
All persons on site must carry with them a
Current General construction induction card
at all times.
Where required ensure that site specific induction training is attended prior to working onsite.
Ensure all personnel are informed of any changes to potential risks and hazards at the earliest opportunity by way of toolbox meeting
Prior to commencement of work ensure PPE is adequate for all tasks and in serviceable condition including suitable safety (capped) footwear, fully enclosed and slip resistant when working in elevated areas or on ladders.
Eye protection, Ear protection, Head protection
Safety harness and associated equipment for working at heights
Tie off equipment and ladder brackets to ensure ladders are properly secured
Ensure first aid kit is available.
Sunburn, skin cancer
Eye damage, heat stroke
Wear broad brimmed hat, safety sunglasses, sun protective clothing and 30+ sunscreen
Maintain hydration, drink plenty of water.
Take regular breaks.
Personnel and Pedestrian Access
Trip, slip hazards
Risk of falling objects
Clear obstacles from around work area, prior to commencement and during work.
Keep pathways free of trip hazards.
Cordon off area where potential for injury from falling objects is present.
Use the correct tool for the task at hand
Where possible use battery powered tools
Keep electrical tools away from water
Tools with power leads are to be checked that they are in test and tagged before use
Power tools are to be connected via RCD safety switch which should be tested prior to use. Check power leads for damage prior to each use Wear the correct PPE to protect eyes
Wear gloves as required to prevent hand damage.
Causing slippery surfaces
Check weather conditions/forecast . If unfavourable reschedule. Stop work, secure installation and leave roof is signs of storm is evident. Whilst working in heat protect body with sun hat sunscreen and sunglasses Maintain hydration .
Repetitive strain injury
When using hacksaws ensure a firm but comfortable grip use long smooth strokes.
Ensure all guards are in place
When using utility knives ensure work is carried out on a firm surface and the cut is made away from the body.
All persons exposed to high noise levels should wear appropriate hearing protection as required
Lifting Solar Panels
Potential back injury
Risk of fall
Do not carry panels whilst scaling a ladder, (3 points of contact required at all times (2 hands one foot, one hand 2 feet)
Secure rope to panel and pull up once on roof.
Where possible fix mounting pads to roof prior to lifting panels into place to prevent them from sliding down roof.
Ensure e roof is dry
Risk of fall
Before manually lifting consider use of mechanical assistance or another person to assist. Ensure that the path you wish to take is free of obstructions and slip hazards.
Ensure the end location is clear prior to moving. Avoid awkward posture
Bend knees and lift close to body, avoid bending back.
Fitting Solar Collector
Collector sliding off roof
Reduced access around collector. Slip, Fall risk.
Exposure to Asbestos
Determine roof material before drilling or cutting if Asbestos is suspected. If so ensure work is controlled and appropriate PPE is employed. Ie wet surface and respirator and overalls to be worn..
Ensure sufficient work area around panels.
If working on a roof with a pitch greater than 5 degrees a harness is to be worn and attached to a suitable anchor point rated at a minimum of 15kN per person.
Consider edge protection or the use of a platform as first choice.
If impractical use a ladder with appropriate ladder bracket to secure to structure. Have phone with you in event of fall to call for assistance.
Cutting of Solar Pipe to required length
Risk of fall or falling pipe work
Where possible cut pipe work to length and assemble on the ground prior to lifting into place to reduce risk of part or person falling from roof
Glue and Secure PVC, Fittings and Manifolds
Exposure to glue fumes, potential combustible material
Ensure work area is well ventilated
Ensure gloves, eye wear are worn
Keep glue away from naked flame
Installing pump and Controller Indoors
Water leak electrocution
Ensure adequate drainage of area in case of leak.
Where possible use battery powered equipment.
Use RCD if using powered equipment.
Be aware of where mains power runs within walls before drilling/cutting.
Mount controller in location where it is unlikely to be immersed in water in event of a pipe failure.
Wear appropriate footwear to prevent slip
Installing pumps and controllers outdoors
Ingress of water
Determine weatherproof location for electrical equipment where it is unlikely to be affected by adverse weather to prevent risk of electrical shock
Test and commission
Ensure that all joints are glued and that the glue has cured sufficiently.
Inspect whole system thoroughly to ensure no leaks or potential contact with power source
Clean up work area
Trip slip hazard
Falling material hazard
Conduct an inspection of the entire work area ensuring that no tools or equipment has been left behind.
That walking surfaces are clear of trip hazards and no substances are left behind that could cause a slip hazard.
Ensure everything on the roof has been removed or secured to prevent items from falling on persons below.