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Photovoltaics

Fall protection systems for photovoltaic installations

Rail system TAURUS HORIZONTAL

The flexible TAURUS HORIZONTAL from INNOTECH, for all substructures, provides people in fall hazard locations with the option of securing themselves optimally to the mobile anchor point or to the guided type fall arrester.

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AIO lifeline system passable

The AIO LIFELINE SYSTEM PASSABLE by INNOTECH has been developed as a restraint system, fall arrest system, and rescue system. This well conceived, high- tech concept is ideally suited for complex building and facade structures, and can be optimally fastened to very different substructures.

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PSA Personal protective equipment

Intuitive use, optimum comfort, top quality: Just some of the characteristics of our anti-fall harness systems. The PPE STRING harness system is available in Basic, Comfort, and Pro models. All harnesses allow optimum freedom of movement and guarantee that the user is caught safely in the event of a fall.

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BARRIER-ATTIKA guardrail system

The BARRIER-ATTIKA SYSTEM is a version of the BARRIER guardrail system which is permanently installed on various substructures (e.g. parapet, steel constructions, etc.).

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LIGHT skylight protection system

The stable LIGHT SKYLIGHT PROTECTION SYSTEM from INNOTECH can be implemented in any desired dimensions, and is a robust solution for very varied types of skylights and strip lights.

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AIO lifeline system passable

The AIO LIFELINE SYSTEM PASSABLE by INNOTECH has been developed as a restraint system, fall arrest system, and rescue system. This well conceived, high- tech concept is ideally suited for complex building and facade structures, and can be optimally fastened to very different substructures.

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System variants for photovoltaic systems & solar

The effort to satisfy our society's increasing demand for energy will require an enormous expansion of the surface area dedicated to house photovoltaic modules. To prevent this worst-case scenario, INNOTECH® offers simple and practical solutions, which ensure safety as equipment that is mounted directly to or next to photovoltaic installations.

Thanks to the extensive range of fall protection solutions made by INNOTECH®, every solar power plant is turned into a safe place of work, protecting the life and limb of the individuals tasked to perform installations or servicing in these areas.

TAURUS-HORIZONTAL

Rail system for horizontal use

The TAURUS HORIZONTAL rail system is used wherever movements along a horizontally running pathway need to be protected from a fall risk. Regardless whether along roofs, facades, for overhead use, in industry or in connection with photovoltaic ...

BARRIER-ATTIKA

Guardrail system installed on parapet

The BARRIER PARAPET guardrail system is suitable only for combination with an existing parapet construction. Once the system has been attached to the parapet construction, it provides optimum fall protection for all persons located on the roof. There ...

AIO-LIFELINE-SYSTEM-PASSABLE

All-in-one lifeline system, passable

The AIO LIFELINE SYSTEM PASSABLE is used wherever a horizontal surface up to a pitch angle of 10 % must be protected. Regardless whether along roofs, facades, in industry or for photovoltaic systems, it provides optimum protection against falls from ...

AIO-LIFELINE-SYSTEM NON-PASSABLE

All-in-one lifeline system, non-passable

The AIO LIFELINE SYSTEM NON-PASSABLE is used wherever a horizontal up to a pitch angle of 10 % must be protected. Regardless whether along roofs, facades, or in industry, it provides optimum protection against falls. Not only does it adapt to complex ...

PPE STRING

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT PPE

Intuitive use, optimum comfort, top quality: Just some of the characteristics of our anti-fall harness systems. The PPE STRING harness system is available in Basic, Comfort, and Pro models. All harnesses allow optimum freedom of movement and ...

Details of fall protection for photovoltaic systems

Green Energy - Orange Safety. Besides the construction of solar parks, the installation of PV systems on the rooftops and façades of new and existing buildings is one of the solutions that help accomplish this gargantuan energy policy effort. These installations complement the primary function of these surfaces, i.e. protecting against wind and weather, with additional benefit, turning them into future power plants.

 

Depending on the height, the shape of the roof and the installation structure of the PV modules, the construction may create immense level differences between roof and ground. Risks arise in particular during installation work and servicing on the roofs as the individuals performing the work move in areas where careless movements, tripping or slipping may, at worst, lead to a fall from a height.

Fall protection systems are grouped into two general categories - individual and collective protection:

  • The goal of collective protection is to safeguard multiple individuals located in the fall-risk area - for instance, by blocking access to the edge by means of a guardrail system. There is no need for any personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Individual protection refers to a type of fall protection system that protects individual users – for instance, by single anchor points or lifeline systems. Personal protective equipment (PPE) is strictly mandatory for this type of protection.

Defusing hazardous situations with fall protection systems

Since photovoltaic installations are in need of regular inspection or servicing, it is fairly often necessary for individuals to step onto roofs fitted with a PV installation. This increases the number of hazardous situations, especially at the edges, which carry an elevated risk of falls.


Regardless of whether the photovoltaic installation is used for commercial or for private purposes, the individuals working on the system need to be protected by means of a fall protection system. Moreover, professional contractors who plan, install and service photovoltaic installations are required to provide for the safety of their staff as well.

 

For PV installations that are operated commercially, e.g. on the rooftops of schools, public buildings, companies or hospitals, a fall protection system is mandated by law. Operators of privately used installations are urged to provide for a safe way to access the installation for servicing and inspections.

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Werkhof - Vaduz

Advantages of a fall protection system for photovoltaic installations

  • Saving lives and preventing serious injury resulting from a fall (from a height)
  • More efficient execution of installation and servicing thanks to the workers’ improved sense of safety
  • Lower inhibition threshold when it comes to performing cleaning and servicing when there is no risk involved in stepping onto the installation – which will also boost the yield of the PV installation
  • ONE-STOP SHOP for the operators of the installation as the solar installation technician can serve the customer as an all-in-one provider by providing both a photovoltaic installation and the matching fall protection system.

Challenges: Photovoltaic installation on a flat roof

  • Edges: The modules of the PV installation often stretch all the way to the edge of the roof. This is an area that carries a risk of falls.
  • Slip hazard: Wet, cold and snowy conditions on the roof lead to an increased risk of falls.
  • Skylights: Posing a particular source of danger on the roof, these must be equipped with fall-through protection.
  • Retrofitting: Any upgrades or retroactive installations of a photovoltaic system require a solution that will not have a negative impact on the existing roof structure.

Challenges: Photovoltaic installation on a pitched roof

  • Edges: The modules of PV installation fitted on pitched roofs also frequently stretch all the way to the edge of the roof – there is a risk of falls when stepping onto the narrow edges.
  • Slip hazard: Aside from the effects of the weather, the slip hazard is compounded by the steeper pitch angle of the pitched roof.
  • Retrofitting: Any upgrades or retroactive installations of a photovoltaic system require a solution that will not have a negative impact on the existing roof structure.
  • Access and inspection points: Access to the pitched roof must be secured and can be gained, for instance, through a roof hatch or via a ladder. It is furthermore necessary to ensure that the roof surface is safe to be walked on in its entirety – from the eaves to the crest.

Reference videos

 

TAURUS rail safety system for photovoltaic installations

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AIO lifeline system for photovoltaic installations

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Installation videos

 

Installation video TAURUS rail safety system on the substructure of K2 Systems

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Installation video AIO lifeline system on the substructure of K2 Systems

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Installation video SINGLE-ANCHOR-POINTS EAP on the substructure of K2 Systems (without porter rail)

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Installation video SINGLE-ANCHOR-POINTS EAP on the substructure of K2 Systems (with porter rail)

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Installation video TAURUS rail safety system on the substructure of Novotegra

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Installation video AIO lifeline system on the substructure of Novotegra

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Installation video SINGLE-ANCHOR-POINTS EAP on the substructure of Novotegra

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