Preventing Falls In The Solar Industry

California FACE Program Action Page – Preventing Falls in the Solar Industry

The California Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation (FACE) program investigates work-related fatalities to identify the causes and prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.

This video explains how Hans Petersen, a 30-year-old solar panel installer, was killed when he fell off an apartment building roof… and what can be done to prevent this from happening again.

Digital stories are best used as educational triggers that can kick off a worker training session and facilitate discussion. See below for video discussion questions, fact sheets, the corresponding FACE investigation report, and video download instructions.

Additional Educational Materials

Solar Digital Story Discussion Questions

  • What caused Hans to fall off the roof?
  • Have you or someone you know ever faced a similar fall hazard? Please tell us about it.
  • What are all of the different fall protection systems that could have been used at Hans’ jobsite?
  • What needs to be done to identify potential fall hazards prior to starting a job?

Solar Fact Sheet (PDF)Opens in new browser windowSpanish

Solar Fatality Investigation Report (PDF) Opens in new browser window

To obtain copies of the videos

Download from Vimeo (links below), or order by calling 510-620-5772 or e-mail



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