SafeWork NSW inspectors targeting rooftop solar installations
SafeWork NSW has announced that From June to December 2022, SafeWork Inspectors will be targeting rooftop solar installations across NSW.
This is to address serious non-compliance issues identified during project visits in 2021 and to focus on the safety obligations of retailers and principal contractors.
Inspectors will be checking whether:
- a risk assessment has been completed for each rooftop installation and a safety plan has been put in place. This should include the use of a fall prevention system, such as roof rails, or a correctly planned and used fall restraint system, such as a harness
- there is a site-specific safe work method statement (SWMS) being followed by the contractors and workers on every job.
SafeWork NSW will continue to take a zero-tolerance approach to workers’ lives being at risk of falls from heights by issuing on-the-spot fines of up to $3,600. Workers can also be fined $720 for undertaking electrical work without holding a licence.
Businesses that manufacture, sell, design and install solar systems have a duty to provide and maintain a safe working environment without risk to health and safety.
To find out more about the inspections, follow this link.