01.02.2023 | PV/flat roofs

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.

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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.

Bundling the know-how of INNOTECH and PV substructure manufacturers mean that installers and solar technicians become absolute full-service providers for PV systems.

Selina Bauchinger

The decision in favour of a PV system on a roof creates numerous questions regarding the optimum use of the roof surface in order to generate as much solar power as possible. But this also triggers many core questions regarding the subject of safety during the installation of the solar power plant, and during regular servicing and cleaning tasks. But remember right from the outset: a professional, certified fall protection system is a legal requirement when working on the PV installation on a roof.  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.


Question 1: What are the benefits of installing the fall protection system directly onto the PV substructure?

It is of decisive importance that the safety solution on the roof does not impair the efficiency of the solar power plant. This is why there are fall protection systems which can be installed directly onto the customer’s PV substructure, and which therefore cast no shade on the panels. This in turn would reduce the efficiency of the PV system. In addition, this installation variant completely avoids roof penetrations, and the roof surface can be used optimally for the solar power plant, because this solution takes up no additional space on the roof.

Furthermore, the fall protection system, and individual modules of it, do not themselves become obstacles to any tasks on the roof. And: This combined structure secures all danger zones and access routes optimally, with the result that it can also be used as fall protection for all other tasks on the roof. For example, when the air-conditioning or the satellite dish require repair, or other activities on the roof arise. However, a prerequisite of this is the creation of a well-founded safety concept which also includes regular inspection. And naturally the fall protection system needs to be appropriately certified. 


Question 2: In terms of installing a fall protection system, what are the disadvantages of penetrating the roof?

The main problem with roof penetrations is that the roof opening allows water or even moisture to enter the interior of the building in the medium or long term. In other words, there is a danger that sooner or later the roof will leak. Frequently, various anchorage devices which do not use the PV system require these roof penetrations, in order to ensure the corresponding load-bearing capacity. This in turn requires considerable effort and expense. 

In such a case, a safety solution for PV systems which does not require roof penetration, i.e. is installed directly on the PV substructure, benefits everyone involved: The clients receive a complete solution from a single provider, and without opening the roof at all. 

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Question 3: For PV installations on a roof, which fall protection systems are even available?

There is a broad range of fall protection systems, also for photovoltaic systems. For example, lifeline and rail systems, as well as single anchor points, are attached onto or near to the PV substructure. On a pitched roof with a steep inclination, safety roof hooks can also be used to protect against falls. If the roof is flat, the deployment of guardrail protection is an option. The appropriate fall protection system for the specific PV system also depends on the roof, amongst other things. However, for a solid safety concept other parameters, such as the onsite weather conditions and potential obstacles on the roof, are of the greatest significance.


Question 4: How does a solar system installer benefit from collaborating with a certified expert in fall protection on roofs?

The benefits clearly speak for themselves. First and foremost, you have the opportunity of offering your customers a unique all-in-one package which provides an absolutely efficient PV system having the maximum possible safety. This gives you a significant advantage in expertise compared with your competitors, and PV customers certainly appreciate this. And remember that in terms of service you will also score highly with your customers. 


The TOP 4 benefits at a glance:

  • Positive image: With a holistic view of safety on and with PV installations, and through collaborating with an expert in fall protection, as a solar system installer you gain a decisive expertise advantage, as well as an image boost compared with your competitors.  



  • Working in safety: All activities on a PV system on a roof, i.e. all necessary servicing and cleaning tasks, can be performed quickly and safely at any time using a professional safety solution. Legally, this puts you as a solar system installer on the “safe” side with respect to industrial safety.



  • Planning certainty: With an expert in fall protection, you as a solar system installer receive a seamless safety concept which fulfils all legal prerequisites and standards. This concept is developed specifically for the use case and the actual situation. This gives installers as well as solar technicians complete planning certainty, and the customer gets a good feeling too!



  • Broad range of safety solutions: Depending on the actual situation and complexity, a number of different options are available for protection against falls. Factors such as roof inclination, the presence of skylights, closeness to the fall edge etc. affect the choice of fall protection system. An expert considers all these factors, plans a holistic concept, and even develops special solutions if required. In addition, ascents, roof hatches, roof windows, and other danger areas are also protected against falls.
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Question 5: The cost factor! Is attachment of the fall protection system to the PV substructure financially attractive for my customers?

Definitely! The attachment of “normal fall protection systems” generally requires roof penetrations, and these can have a negative effect on the roof’s leak tightness. That favours a fall protection system installed directly onto the PV substructure. But regardless whether the choice is a “normal solution” or a “new attachment option”, in both cases the solar cells can be cleaned in absolute safety at any time. The result is that the PV system always runs at maximum efficiency. 

This means: The purchase costs may be somewhat higher, but in the medium and long term, an integrated fall protection system is significantly more economical variant from the very start, because for one thing the roof cladding is undamaged and for another, the solar power plant can provide its maximum output at all times. It should also be remembered that - apart from the personal suffering associated with a fall - such an accident on a roof also creates costs. In addition, employees are then off work because of injury. If a subsequent inspection then also indicates that at the time of the fall the fall protection system did not comply with the legal requirements, then the consequences in terms of costs can even threaten your company’s survival, and may in fact be subject to criminal law!


Question 6: Where do I gain the knowledge to install the fall protection system appropriately and effectively?

Perfectly simple… with INNO|school from INNOTECH. Our range of courses includes a 1-day training session in fall protection systems for photovoltaic installations on a roof. This training ensures that every installation activity counts. With a balanced mix of theory and practice, the course teaches solar system installers everything they need to know about the correct planning and installation of the appropriate fall protection system, as well as the legal principles and the risks of the illusion of safety. 



Bundling the know-how of INNOTECH and PV substructure manufacturers mean that installers and solar technicians become absolute full-service providers for PV systems. In this way, not only can you provide your customers with an efficient solar power plant, but on the roof you also provide it with the best possible fall protection. This integrated system, tested and certified in combination, provides absolute legal certainty in terms of industrial safety to everyone involved, and also saves lives. 

Now download our guide to fall protection systems for PV installations on a roof. In it you will find numerous further aspects and more information on this subject. You will also find further information on this subject in our INNO|talk video.


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