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Construction Playing It Safe – Solar Panel Installation

Avoid careless – yet common – mistakes

Installing solar panels on a slanted rooftop is a dangerous task, and even a small mistake in the process can cause serious injury. Errors that go unnoticed during installation can eventually be a severe liability to you and our company, even if they do not initially cause problems.

As a solar photovoltaic (PV) technician or a solar installer, it is your job to minimise the occurrence of careless mistakes and to make the site safer for you and your clients. Use these tips to avoid common solar panel installation mishaps.

  • Keep modules packed until you are ready to use them to avoid broken glass.
  • To prevent trips, falls and broken glass, do not leave modules on the ground unprotected.
  • Do not use a panel if the glass is broken or cracked—using broken panels presents a potential hazard of chemical leaking.
  • Only work in dry conditions and on dry modules to prevent slips and falls.
  • Carefully trim trees, branches and other objects that rise above panels to prevent broken or cracked glass as well as energy source obstruction after installation.
  • During installation, cover the faces of panels with opaque material to halt electrical production.
  • Do not touch terminals while modules are exposed to light.
  • Follow all the standards of safe plumbing when installing PV hot water heaters.
  • Earth all electrical systems and tools properly.
  • Use safe lifting techniques when carrying solar panels. Bend at the knees and lift with your legs to avoid back strain.
  • Do not use aluminium mounting rails or ladders on site until all electrocution hazards, such as overhead power lines, have been identified.

Did you know?

Solar cell manufacturers use an array of highly toxic chemicals during production. While those chemicals present little risk to you as a technician, it is still imperative to take precautions to avoid broken modules or exposure to toxic fumes, which cause a fire hazard.

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