Safety

We’re Focused on Safety Every Day

 

We know safety is less expensive in the long run than the alternatives.

  • Training, training, and more training
  • Personal certifications and evaluations
  • An industry leading 12 Golden Gate Safety awards
  • Mandatory fall protection gear

Working with a Contractor that is Focused on Worker Safety is Very Important

Since most of our employees spend their workdays at least 15 feet off the ground, our commitment to roofer and solar installer safety training is as solid as the roofs and solar systems we build. Preventing accidents and ensuring the safest possible working conditions – for our employees and our customers — remain priorities across all Solar4America divisions. Training our workers on safety protocols to mitigate work-related injury claims provides our employees with an exceptional work experience, allows Solar4America to control costs over the long term and reinvest in additional worker training to ensure continual operational excellence.

 

 

"Thank You for Setting an Outstanding Example"

"I wanted to take a moment to thank you for setting an outstanding example in safety and housekeeping. Over the past 4 months your team has been recognized 3 times on our Shea jobs for performing over and above in safety. From all of us at Shea we wish to extend congratulations, appreciation and thanks for all that you do. Keep up the good work!"

— Shea Homes

Mandated Fall Protection and Workplace Safety Training Since 2002

We have mandated fall protection for all field workers and workplace safety training since 2002. Solar4America consistently exceeds Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requirements and is the recipient of several Golden Gate SAFETY Awards.

Solar4America maintains Worker’s Compensation, general liability and automobile insurance for its operations throughout the country. A copy of our certificate of insurance is registered with the contractors’ license boards in the states in which we do business; it also can be provided at the customer’s request.

 

A Clear Leader in Roofer and Solar Installer Safety

Solar4America’s safety policy and procedures address the following topics:

  • Code of Safe Practices
  • OSHA Regulations and OSHA job site inspections, Including OSHA10, OSHA30
  • Fall protection
  • Personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Hazard communication
  • Respirator protection
  • Emergency Action Plan, housekeeping, fire prevention
  • Safe access to work areas
  • Assured Grounding Program (GFCI) and electrical hazards
  • Lock-out/tag-out procedures
  • Physical hazards, such as heat/cold stress and noise
  • Heat illness prevention
  • Slips and fall protection
  • Back injury protection and material handling

Demonstrated Leadership in Roofing Safety

Solar4America’s focus on safety extends beyond our own workforce; our efforts have earned us state and federal recognition and participation in important injury and illness prevention campaigns:

  • Six Cal OSHA Golden Gate Partnership Awards – more than any other roofing contractor – from California/OSHA
  • Partner with Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) to promote conventional fall protection standards throughout the state’s construction industry
  • Pioneer participant in U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) case study for respiratory protection from silica dust
  • Leader and volunteer for NIOSH case study for fall protection feasibility in residential construction

Safety Training and Testing

All new hires are trained and tested before beginning work. All field employees are trained, fitted and issued their own personal protective equipment (PPE) to match their job description. New hires are also required to view a video detailing our fall protection requirements and their responsibilities. New-hire training covers the following topics:

  • Fall protection
  • Code of Safe Practices
  • Safety meeting/daily checklist
  • Respirator program
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Blood borne pathogens
  • Fire protection
  • Hazard communications
  • OSHA regulations
  • Jobsite inspection

Accident Investigation Practices

In the event of an accident or near-miss, facts are gathered, reviewed and reported by the employee, crew leader and crew leader’s supervisor.

Each accident is investigated by Solar4America’s regional safety specialist. Hazardous conditions, if any, are corrected and/or eliminated. Results of the investigation and corrective measures are provided to branch managers for proper review to prevent recurrence.

Hazard Communication Program

A copy of Solar4America’s Hazard Communication Program is maintained at each job site along with all relevant material safety data sheets, copies of which are provided at the request of the customer.

Hazard communication training is provided at job sites, orientation, periodically at safety meetings, and in accordance with Solar4America’s training schedule.

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