The study found that more than half of the surveyed home builders are building at least 16 percent of their new homes green.

Cal/OSHA Cites Solar Panel Installation Company

The agency launched an investigation after a worker was seriously injured by a fall from the roof of an Oakland home, and the investigation determined that Nexus Energy Systems, Inc. did not provide required fall protection for its workers.

Cal/OSHA recently has cited an Anaheim solar panel installation company and issued $193,905 in penalties for multiple serious workplace safety hazards, including one willful serious accident-related violation. The agency launched an investigation after a worker was seriously injured by a fall from the roof of an Oakland home, and the investigation determined that Nexus Energy Systems, Inc. did not provide required fall protection for its workers, according to the agency.

Cal/OSHA's news release said three workers were installing solar panels at the home in December 2018 when one of the workers lost his footing and fell 15 feet onto the concrete driveway, suffering a broken wrist and jaw. The workers were not wearing fall protection at the time.

"Falls from roofs are often deadly, and that is why employers must protect their employees from fall hazards and provide effective training," said Cal/OSHA Deputy Chief of Enforcement Debra Lee. "This employer was aware of these dangers and ignored its responsibility to address them."

The agency cited Nexus Energy Systems for five violations, including three related to the Oakland fall. The violations include a willful serious accident-related violation for failing to provide fall protection; two serious violations for failing to provide training and ensure compliance with fall protection measures; and two general violations for failing to implement an effective heat illness protection plan and an injury and illness prevention program that identifies and corrects site-specific hazards.

Cal/OSHA also cited the company for two additional violations stemming from an incident that investigators learned had taken place the previous September, when a worker suffered electrical burns while connecting solar panels to an energized breaker box. Cal/OSHA noted one serious continuing violation for failing to provide insulated gloves or tools while working on energized equipment and a general violation for the company's failure to investigate the industrial accident and take measures to correct safety hazards.

Employers in California are required to have an effective written injury and illness prevention program.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • Create Flexible Safety Dashboards

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations allows you to easily create and view safety KPIs to help you make informed business decisions. Our best of breed default indicators can also save you valuable time and effort in monitoring safety metrics.

  • Schedule and Record Observations

    IndustrySafe's mobile app allows managers, supervisors, and employees to conduct observations on employees involved in safety critical behavior on the go, with or without an internet connection. IndustrySafe’s pre-built BBS checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • The 4 Stages of an Incident Investigation

    So, your workplace has just experienced an incident resulting in the injury or illness of a worker. Now what? OSHA recommends that you conduct investigations of workplace incidents using a four-step system.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

Free Whitepaper

Stand Your Ground: A Guide to Slip Resistance in Industrial Safety Footwear

This white paper helps to clarify this complexity, so you can better navigate the standards and better ensure the safety of your employees.

Download Now →

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2019

    October 2019

    Featuring:

    • WINTER HAZARDS
      Preparing for Old Man Winter's Arrival
    • CONSTRUCTION
      Staying Safe in the Trenches
    • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
      Setting a Higher Standard: The Limitations of Regulatory Limits
    • ELECTRICAL SAFETY
      Five Important Things to Know About Arc Flash PPE Programs
    View This Issue