In the construction and mining industries, workers are consistently operating in hazardous environments where falls from heights are possible. Employers and employees alike rely on state-of-the-art fall protection equipment to work safely on various types of structures. There are many different options for fall protection, so let’s take a look at safety netting systems.
The Need for Safety Netting
In any worksite, every possible precaution must be taken to protect both employees working on a project and the civilians below. It’s also important to protect the buildings surrounding the construction site. Research shows falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities within the construction industry so fall protection is necessary and required any time a fall injury is possible. Besides the threat to life, the damage to buildings and tools can be costly. A netting system is one of the most cost effective ways to ensure the safety of people, equipment and buildings.
Safety netting systems:
- Can save the lives of employees in the event of a fall
- Will protect people on the ground from falling tools, materials, or other debris
- Can be reused if they are properly cared for, installed, and inspected
Choosing a Safety Netting System
When choosing a netting system, the main consideration should be the resources you are trying to protect. If you’re mainly concerned about containing debris and setting up a visible guardrail, a vertical netting system will be most appropriate. If the goal is to provide fall protection to employees and catching falling debris, a perimeter netting system will be necessary to meet safety requirements.
Vertical Netting Systems Offer Many Benefits
- They increase safety by preventing debris from falling on people and property below a work site.
- They protect workers near edges by serving as a guardrail system.
- They can serve as a temporary partition for crowd control or demolition.
- Can be used around perimeters, as well as in holes and unprotected sides and edges.
- Easy to install, remove, relocate, and store so it significantly cuts down on preparation time, increasing worker productivity.
Perimeter Debris Netting Systems
This netting works to protect the public and properties below work areas that are threatened by falling debris. Designed to catch heavy job site debris at construction sites, it can also catch bricks, concrete blocks, hand tools, and general construction debris. These systems can be reused as long as they are inspected for damage before each use. A great benefit of these systems is that they can be moved up to other floor levels as construction progresses. This is a great safety netting solution that provides security and to workers, the public, buildings and equipment.
Choosing the Right Safety Netting System
All mining sites, construction sites and building projects are unique and have different requirements, so different types of fall protection can be used to achieve the maximum level of protection. It’s beneficial to consult with a professional netting manufacturer, experienced in designing and manufacturing safety netting as they will be able evaluate each individual project and advise what type of protection will offer the best safety for your site.\
If you would like expert advice on safety netting, then speak to the friendly team at Commercial Netmakers. With over 30 years’ experience, we understand that safety is paramount for any project, and we are committed to providing the highest quality safety nets, custom-designed to meet your specifications. Contact us today to find out more.