Matt & Barnaby wearing correct PPE

PV Health & Safety

Working on rooftops can often be precarious, and we recently came across an article in the Roofing Today Bulletin which shows just how dangerous it can be if the correct health and safety procedures aren’t adhered to…

‘A solar panel firm has been fined £153,000 after a worker was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof light at a private home in Kent.’ 

The unfortunate worker mentioned above fell through a roof light whilst carrying a solar PV panel. The team of 3 he was working with had been provided with tower scaffolding, harnesses and a ladder by their employer – but had not been trained to correctly use them.

The man fractured his shin and vertebra, and it could have been worse if it wasn’t for the swimming pool below. The roofing Today Bulletin quote the HSE Inspector Melvyn Stancliffe:

“The worker suffered serious injury in the fall and could have been killed. He and his colleagues were effectively left to their own devices with equipment that was not wholly suited for the task at hand. In short, better equipment, training and supervision should have been provided.

“Working on or near a fragile roof is not a task to be undertaken without proper planning, and without having the appropriate safety measures in place at all times.”

Health and safety is often bemoaned by employees and companies alike, but this article is not something we take lightly at Solar South West. The work we conduct takes place on fragile roofs and in contact with high voltage electricity, and SSW realise the importance of adhering to safety guidelines and sensible practice.

To avoid anything like this happening to ourselves, or to anyone else because of us, all employees at Solar South West are trained to the correct standard concerning: any potential risks, the correct PPE and safety procedures, and use of any dangerous equipment in line with HSE law.

Above all, the wellbeing and safety of our employees and those they are in contact with whilst working is paramount. It is a central part of our code of conduct and we would like to make it clear that we use information such as the mentioned article to demonstrate our awareness of the potential risks, and our constant diligence to ensure nothing like this happens on our watch … (and so we can keep Barnaby and Matt smiling).


Thanks to Roofing Today for sharing this information, helping to raise awareness surrounding the importance of safety and dilligence when working in potentially dangerous situations.