We at SafetyLiftinGear were recently sub-contracted by a firm called Sweet Construct
to provide a safe working area for a team of solar panel installers who were putting in a new set of panels on the roof of a building in Corsham, Wiltshire.
This job called for two permanent installations:
- A permanent edge protection system. Since the roof did not have a parapet wall of at least 1.1 metres, we were asked to install a permanent edge protection barrier in order to comply with height safety regulations. We clamped the guardrail's base plates to the standing seam roof so as to avoid penetrating or damaging the roof sheets themselves.
- A safe walkway. Sweet Construct also asked us to provide a level, slip-resistant walkway that would make it easy for maintenance staff to access the solar panels in future. Again, we clamped the walking surface to the standing seam roof sheets so as to avoid any permanent damage.
The walkway we used for this project is specifically designed for modern roof types such as trapezoidal profile composite or built-up-on-site and standing seam roofs. It is fully compliant with EN516:2006 requirements, and it can be used on a number of differently-shaped roofs (including flat, sloping, and barrel-shaped), with steps and a traverse option allowing for virtually any roof configuration between 0 and 35 degrees.
Not only did these two installations ensure that the Sweet Construct team were able to install these new solar panels safely and efficiently, they will also provide a safe working environment for the service personnel who'll be maintaining this solar panel system going forward.