05.09.2022 | PV/flat roofs

4 steps are necessary for professional fall protection on the PV system on the roof

Discover all the necessary information here. In this article, we explain in summary the four steps that will lead you to your fall protection for PV systems. This much in advance, everything starts with a plan...

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Guide for PV systems on the roof

Guide: Fall Protection Photovoltaic (PV)-System

This ultimate fall protection guide will help you to achieve a safe PV system on the roof. In the following, we summarise the danger areas on the roof, the liability issue and the safety solutions in a compact way. In addition, you will learn how you can generate more turnover as a solar installer.


Elektro Scherer puts its trust in the TAURUS rail system from INNOTECH

In its practical implementation, the roof installation of PV systems together with their associated fall protection repeatedly creates specific challenges. In the case of Elektro Scherer, a TAURUS rail system from INNOTECH was attached directly to the K2 substructure of the solar power plant.


How roof surfaces can be optimally used for the planned PV installation

With regard to PV installations on roofs, the question of competition for area often arises. This refers to competition between various types of use for the available area. The reason is that in principle all PV system operators want to free up the maximum possible amount of space for their solar power plant.


Why should you, as PV installers, also offer the fall protection system?

We invited experts to a discussion on the subject of fall protection for PV systems on flat and pitched roofs. In this blog post we go into the most frequently asked questions related to this topic.


Individual or collective protection? Which system is used when for PV installations on a roof?

While dangers like break-throughs or an increased fall risk close to the roof edge lurk on a flat roof, on a pitched roof the inclination itself is the greatest challenge. Discover in the following article how you can professionally protect your maintenance and cleaning staff.


A professional safety concept for PV installations protects the wallet and the nerves

As a solar system installer, you naturally know every detail of the legal safety provisions relating to PV systems on a roof. In contrast, your clients may well be entering completely new territory which probably raises a number of additional questions. It is therefore all the more important from the outset to integrate the subject of safety into the planning of the PV system, and to create a substantiated and professional safety concept.


Successful solar system installers are those who offer PV fall protection at the same time

Solar system installers who, in addition to the optimally appropriate PV systems, can also provide the best possible fall protection, not only have a better image than their competitors – they can also use this to create increased turnover.


Safety increases business for solar system installers as full service providers

PV systems on the roof have been booming for quite some time. No wonder, because having your own solar power plant on the roof not only gives you much more independence in terms of energy supply, but also makes a significant contribution to the energy transition as a whole. If you also focus on the issue of safety on the roof, then as a solar installer you can leave the competition behind. In this article, you will discover how you can achieve this.

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Supporting multiple PV customers simultaneously can often become a huge challenge

Not only private households, but also businesses and companies, are relying increasingly on generating their own solar energy. The presently escalating energy prices will hasten this trend even further. For solar system installers, this creates enormous potential for winning new orders. It can then very easily happen that multiple projects or construction sites have to be managed simultaneously. And that creates a number of challenges.


Work on a PV system on a roof

Installing one’s own PV system on a roof makes sense for a number of reasons. So that it always provides the best possible performance, workers regularly have to access the solar power plant in order to perform servicing and cleaning tasks. Who is responsible or liable for the consequences of accidents?


PV systems on a roof – consider all danger areas, in order to protect against falls effectively

The circumstances and conditions of every single order for a PV system on a roof must always be analysed very closely, in order to implement the correct safety precautions. Solar system installers who recognise all risks and can at the same time also propose the appropriate professional and certified solution to their customers have the opportunity to position themselves as a responsible absolute expert in their area. In the medium and long term, this also has a positive effect on the sales performance of solar system installers.


6 tips which help solar system installers to gain increased turnover from their PV installations on roofs

Even if the connection isn’t obvious at first glance, solar system installers and PV installation companies can acquire significantly more new customers with a partner who is a certified and professional manufacturer of fall protection systems for PV installations on roofs. The reason why is very simple: They are able to cover the subject of safety in the very first meeting with the customer, thereby relieving their potential clients of a large amount of research work.


Subsequent installation of a fall protection system for PV installations on the roof

It is never too late to make the right decisions and implement them! This means that even operators of PV installations on the roof should consider whether the subsequent upgrade of their solar power plant with a professional and certified fall protection system is feasible and sensible.


360° solutions as a guarantee for success

Solar system installers capable of including a safety solution with their PV systems hold a clear edge over the competition. You can find out why this is the case in the following article.


4 steps are necessary for professional fall protection on the PV system on the roof

Discover all the necessary information here. In this article, we explain in summary the four steps that will lead you to your fall protection for PV systems. This much in advance, everything starts with a plan...


The right fall protection creates more space for the PV system

Here is an example from practice. ADREX relies on its proven one-stop-shop principle, in order to largely relieve its customers of all tasks related to their own roof-mounted solar power plants. This obviously also includes the selection and installation of a professional fall protection system for the PV installation.


Correct servicing and inspection of your PV fall protection system protects you from many problems

The fall protection for your PV system on a roof is 100% safe only if it is also inspected regularly for signs of potential wear and tear, damage, or corrosion, and for loose mounts. Discover what matters.


The professional way to install a fall protection system for your PV system on the roof

The detailed planning of the fall protection system for your PV system on the roof is followed by what is probably the most tantalising moment of the endeavour to make your solar power plant as safe and efficient as possible: the installation; the project is finally taking concrete shape. Discover what matters in the process.


The installation of a fall protection system for your PV system on the roof requires a certain amount of expertise!

The same rules that apply in all other areas of life and work also hold true in the area of fall protection systems for PV systems installed on a roof: Solid initial and further training are of pivotal importance, especially when it comes to the correct installation and proper servicing / cleaning of the system and its individual solar panels.


The aspects to focus on when planning a fall protection system for the PV system on your roof

The goal to harvest as much power as possible from your own solar power plant therefore hinges on the ability to maximise the utilisation of the roof surface, while securing the trouble-free operation of the solar power plant for the long term. This requires a comprehensive plan which factors in all details and also includes a professional system that protects against falls from a height.


Fall protection systems for your PV system installed on the roof

There are questions that come up again and again when it comes to the safety of PV systems on the roof. We have summarised the 6 most frequently asked questions by installers and solar technicians and also show the challenges of PV systems on flat and pitched roofs. The focus is always on possible safety solutions to mitigate these.


PV systems on a flat roof can be efficient and safe at the same time

In the examination of current practice below, we show you two individual solutions for flat roofs, together with the respective challenges which may be created by one’s own solar power plant. Discover the TAURUS rail system and the AIO lifeline system using Autohaus Nägele & Sohn GmbH and Autowelt Reibersdorfer as examples.


5 tips relating to your PV system on the roof

How to save time and money. Installing a photovoltaic system on your own roof is always a good idea, because in this way a previously completely unused surface is availed of for the sustainable production of electricity for your household or company. But so that this success story really comes into being, as early as the planning phase of your PV system you should also create a professional safety concept, or get one created.


Professional fall protection for your PV system on pitched roofs

Installation tasks on the photovoltaic system, as well as its servicing and cleaning, represent a particular challenge. An selection of possible security solutions including advantages can be discovered in the following article. In addition, the topic of access to the PV system on the pitched roof is also covered.


Fall protection photovoltaics

Not all roofs are the same. In the same way that roof forms differ greatly, the dangers concealed during installation and servicing and cleaning tasks on PV systems are just as variable. For this reason, we present solutions for all cases here.

Aerial photo of the Novotegra company building in Tübingen, with integrated PV system

Innovative project in Tübingen

The combination of Novotegra’s PV substructure with INNOTECH’s flexible fall protection systems provides significant added value for both fitters and end customers.

As well as the top quality of the fall protection systems, we also decided to collaborate with INNOTECH because of the excellent support and planning.

Jan Kaupp

Everything starts with a solid plan! 

Like any sizeable project, the installation of your PV system on the roof, including a professional and certified fall protection system, starts with professional planning. This is the only way that the available roof surface can be used optimally for power generation – and also be fully legally compliant in terms of the roof’s safety as a workplace. For comprehensive planning, a certain amount of information and data needs to be researched and collected. Basically, on the one hand it is decisive whether the project involves a flat or a pitched roof (inclination greater than 22°, but attention – in Switzerland, inclination greater than 10°).

On the other hand, it is necessary to capture exactly the particular local circumstances and potential “obstacles” on the roof surface, such as skylights, parapets, chimneys, satellite dishes, or a/c equipment, in order to determine the appropriate fall protection system for the PV installation. The roof surface and access options, and even climatic characteristics, also need to be recorded exactly to be able to start the professional planning. On the basis of this data, your solar technician or engineer decides which PV system is optimal for your roof. This also decides the best fall protection system for protecting the PV installation. Not always, but in many cases, the safety system can be attached directly to the substructure of the PV installation.

If you have questions about this, simply contact our experts.

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Viewed in the short term, an improvised and self-assembled safety solution may appear the more affordable option, but in the medium and long term the small additional financial outlay for a professional and certified fall protection system certainly pays for itself. In this way, your solar power plant can be cleaned and serviced at any time, without risking serious accidents or falls. In addition, this ensures that your PV system always provides its full output.


Plan with INNOTECH

The simplest and most certain way to achieve perfect fall protection is through planning by our experts. After reviewing all documentation and key data, they design the optimum safety solution for your PV system, and then provide you with your individual proposal. 


Training to become a certified installer of your fall protection system

The functional capability of your fall protection system for the PV installation on your roof depends significantly on the quality of the installation, and also on detailed documentation. The ability to install a professional, certified safety system properly and expertly requires solid training. From a legal viewpoint, it is also essential that not only the installation but also all mandatory annual inspections of the fall protection system are performed exclusively by a certified person. After all, it is essential that the structure is in fact able to withstand the loads resulting from a fall, in order that lives can be saved.

This is why INNOTECH also provides a very extensive training programme through its  INNO|school. The training sessions take place mainly in autumn and winter. As a rule, the certificates of competence are valid for 3 years. 


Here is an overview of INNOTECH’s training proposals: 

  • Expert training course – Installation, documentation, inspection, legal principles, planning and documentation of fall protection systems.





  • INNO|training– On the spot training on your construction site. 


Simply contact us, if you have additional questions about training in fall protection systems. Our experts will be happy to advise you. Or else download our manual about safety on PV systems now!

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It all comes down to a professional installation!

Once the fall protection for the PV system on your roof is planned in detail, it proverbially comes down to what matters – the safety solution is installed on the roof or else directly on the substructure of the PV system. INNOTECH delivers all required parts and materials directly to the construction site for you. The product description and the information material describe exactly the components of the fall protection system, and how they are to be installed. In addition, you can obtain the Mont-Start and Mont-Pro installation cases from us. These toolboxes contain all installation tools for the fall protection system. That saves you, for example, a trip to the hardware store. 

Tip: Also use our installation videos. These provide additional assistance for the installation of the fall protection system for the PV installation on your roof. And: We are happy to recommend professional installation partners, if you require.


Duration of installation:

Unfortunately it is not possible to make any generalised statements about the time required for the installation. Too many factors play a role here, such as the choice of the fall protection itself, the PV system and its substructure, and also the roof inclination. Of course, the process can be speeded up by a professional, with the guarantee that everything was installed correctly and effectively. However, as a guideline, you can assume that the installation of a lifeline system with 35 m running length takes about 13 hours. For a 35 m rail system you require about 19 hours.


The acceptance and documentation of your fall protection system

After the installation, the fall protection system must be approved by an expert person – and this must take place in combination with the substructure of the PV system. For this, the entire structure is subject to a thorough inspection. Any defects during installation may cause the fall protection system not to be approved. Full documentation of the installation is a equally legal requirement. For this, every fastening of the fall protection system is recorded by means of photographs. 


On the safe side with INNO|doc! 

Use our digital documentation tool INNO|doc. That way, this important process runs very simply and smoothly. In addition, fitters and solar technicians can use it to manage all their projects, and they have all data available at the press of a button. The tool also provides a reminder of the annual inspection of the fall protection system – all automatically. Completed documentation can be generated directly from the program as well.

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Servicing and inspection of your fall protection system

Because the roof is one of the most dangerous workplaces in any case, safety systems must also be serviced and inspected annually. This is because they are 100% safe only if, firstly, they were installed properly and professionally, and secondly if they are regularly inspected for potential indications of wear and tear, damage or corrosion, and loose fastenings. This too is a legal requirement! For fall protection systems which are frequently exposed to severe stresses such as chemical vapours, etc., the test intervals are even shorter.  And: The required inspections too must be documented in appropriate detail – in writing and by means of photos. 


What matters for servicing and inspection

In the first place, you should ensure that the installation of your fall protection system is fully documented. If this is not done, then it may mean that the legally required inspection after the first year cannot take place. In an extreme case, this would mean that access to your PV system is forbidden, or that the system would have to be dismantled and re-installed. 

Conclude a servicing contract with a certified solar technician or fitter. Ideally with the person who installed the fall protection for the PV system on your roof. That saves time, nerves, and money.In principle TÜV, a civil engineer, or any fitter or solar technician certified by INNOTECH can perform the inspection and servicing. 


Here, the following principal items are checked (example: AIO lifeline system):

  • Is the roof sealing damaged or corroded?


  • Do visible components of the fastenings display deformation or signs of corrosion, and are all threaded joints secured and tightly seated?


  • Visual inspection of strands of stainless steel cable


  • Is deformation of the intermediate bracket visible? Are the weld seams and all threaded joints in good condition?


  • Inspection of the structure and weld seams of the corner and end fastenings


  • Check of wedge wraparounds, indicator clamps, cable pre-tension, and welding points (crevice corrosion) of the end locks


  • Inspection of threaded joints and slide gap of sliders


  • Check whether original INNOTECH carabiners were used


  • Check of system functionality
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Important: Inspections and servicing tasks on the fall protection system for the PV installation on your roof must also be fully documented, so that you can demonstrate that, at the time of the inspection, the fall protection system was in an optimum state, i.e. it was suitable for use.


Here are the most common defects at a glance:

  • Unsuitable fasteners for the respective substructure, or incorrect fastening sets


  • Incorrect or insufficient documentation


  • Corrosion of individual parts and components


  • Loose mounts

If one or more of these defects are found during the inspection, then access to the fall protection system is temporarily blocked. Only when all defects have been corrected – including appropriate documentation – is it possible to release the system again. 


An example from practice – ADREX

The correct fall protection provides more space on the roof for the PV system 

ADREX Photovoltaikanlagen GmbH has extensive expertise over many years in the planning and installation of PV systems in a wide range of sizes. In order to implement the “one-stop-shop” principle professionally, for fall protection for PV systems, ADREX relies on partners who are able to provide the highest quality and optimum functional capability. For a customer in the northern Schwarzwald, the task was to install a solar power plant on a roof surface of 275 m². For the fall protection, the trained and certified professionals from ADREX selected the AIO lifeline system from INNOTECH, in combination with single anchor points

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The AIO lifeline system

There were several reasons for this decision. One was that this system is mounted directly on the substructure of the PV installation, and damage to the roof cladding can therefore be avoided. Furthermore, the AIO lifeline system is very space-saving, and it therefore permits the optimum use of the roof surface for solar panels. In addition, its design means that there is no shadowing which could reduce the output of the PV system. 


In our example 

  • 25 m stainless steel cable
  • 4 single attachment points (EAP) 
  • Additional EAPs for exposed areas 

were installed, so that the customer’s PV system would be safe from the very outset. The planning and design of the fall protection system was implemented by INNOTECH. “As well as the top quality of the fall protection systems, we also decided to collaborate with INNOTECH because of the excellent support and planning”, reports Jan Kaupp, ADREX project manager. Full documentation of the fall protection system’s installation for ADREX’s customer was implemented using the INNO|doc web app. 


Image benefit as a full service provider 

Since the collaboration with INNOTECH, the image of ADREX as a solar installer has risen significantly, states Jan Kaupp. The reason is that, because they have no professional partners, numerous other solar technicians or installers often plan without a complete safety system, and as a rule the PV system is therefore bound to end up smaller, in order to avoid coming close to the dangerous roof edge. However, a professional fall protection system also provides numerous other advantages, such as absolute legal security. In addition, the PV always provides full output, because the panels can be cleaned and serviced at any time.

Do not wait to contact us for more information! We will team up with you to find the fall protection system that best suits the PV installation on your roof. You will find additional information in our new manual on planning, training, installation and maintenance of fall protection systems for PV installations on a roof. 

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