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What is Netting or Safety Netting?

Safety netting it is measure of control and practicable protection to and for workers health and wellbeing when working at heights, and it is physical barrier to prevent falls, and falling objects and intention is prevent incidents and save lives.

 There are number of parts that forms the Safety Netting and one of these important elements is that nets must be manufactured to and in accordance with BS1261-1. i.e

  • Certification- Labels
  • Mesh 5mm
  • Four Corners
  • Border Rope(12mm 3 strand)
  • Test Patches.
The Safety Netting fall arrest works by way absorption of  the energy from the fall through the release of the twines/meshes  slowly not acting like a trampoline and thus having the correct sag is very critical part of installation for the nets to able adhere to conditions**

 Specification!

Construction Type:    Knotless /knotted                            Material Type:     Polyproplene and Nylon
Mesh Colour:             Blue, Red, Green, Black, Yellow         Mesh Type:          Square
Mesh Size:                100mm, 60mm, 45mm, 35mm          Twine Size:          5mm, 2.2kn
Border Rope:            12mm, Three Strands 30kn               SWL:                   350kg
Standards:           BS EN 1263-1, 1263-2 (2002), ASNZ4576, ISO9001:2008
 Why Install Safety Nets?
It is another form of fall arrest system that has many benefits and apart from been from delivering cost savings, and saving time while producing excellent  fall arrest system when working at heights.
 

Suppliers of  Safety nets?

  •  Under WHS ACT 2012/ OHS Act; Suppliers and Manufactures have a 'duty of care' to provide Training and Instructions/ Information as part of the order.

Who Can Install Safety Nets?

  •  INSTALLERS; The Law says training must be provided and therefore personnel installing/ rigging safety nets onsites  or structures must be Competent and have Received Trainning to guidelines.**

 How does Installation and Inspection Process effect Safety onsite?

The handover process provides professional protection and accountability through correct hand over documentations and Inspection that Installations of Safety Nets has been completed to meet Legislative requirements and guidelines.
The Ongoing visual Inspections, Monthly Tagging Labels and Maintenance (Net register) during and after for Safe use. If Safety nets are damaged  then nets must not be used and returned to the supplier for further inspections and repairs and make acceptable.**
 

Emergency Response Procedure

This is very important element in using Safety Nets fall arrest system onsite;  must be part of the  planning,Risk Management Site Procedures and  Safe Work Method Statement , forms and supports part of the complaince onsite. i.e. ' Emergency Plan/ Rescue Plan'**

  Is the Annual 'UV' testing important?

 As Safety nets are installed in open environment and because Safety Net  system is created from polyproplene which is less resistance to UV light which is found in Sunlight.
Every Safety Net manufactured to BS1261-1, has three test mesh attached to corner and every year or no more than 12 month periods a test mesh will be taken off and send for testing in accordance with ISO 1806 and this test must be recorded as proof of evidence that nets can remain in services for next 12 months.If the Test mesh fail, this net must be removed from services as the mesh has started to be weakened. Best way to check is the discolouration of mesh/twines of net. At Safety Nets Australia we provide this services.

 What should the Clearence Factor be under the Safety Nets?

While there number of factors/elments affects the clearence, will mention just a few.
 It is important to ensure that there is sufficient space (clearance) below the safety net to allow for delfection under arrest without striking a hazard, but in the normal course of installation of suspended nets it 3.0m high.However, Span plays a major factor and so does the fall(how high).
Safety Nets Fall arrest system designed to withstand 6m fall, in Australia, best practice not more than 2.0m and  fixed nets as close as possible to mitiage the fall and make recovery easier.
Another important factor is the Planning- Fall arrest or Prevention as Safety nets can do either pending of the size of the net.**
 
 Intended Applications and Best Use!
 
Safety Nets are the most efficient and cost effective fall prevention barrier for many different applications:
    • MINING 

    • Maintenance of fragile Roofs/ Skylights / Glass Atriums

    • Demolitions - Roof Structures/ Voids protections

    • Internal Voids 
    • Steel & Metal Formwork 
    • Bondeck placement
    • Housing Constructions -Erecting Roof Trusses on Timber | Steel Roof Frames
    • Vertical Net for Debris protection

 Working At Heights- WHS/ OHS Requirements

Responsibilities Working at Heights - E.g. NSW OHS ACT and NSW
OHS Regulation 2001 Clause 56 (1) - Prevention of falls from heights
 
"(1) An employer must ensure that risks associated with falls from a height are controlled by use of the following measures: (a) provision and maintenance of: (i) a stable and securely fenced work platform (such as scaffolding or other form of portable work platform), or (ii) if compliance with subparagraph (i) is not reasonably practicable-secure perimeter screens, fencing, handrails or other forms of physical barriers that are capable of preventing the fall of a person, or (iii) if compliance with subparagraph (ii) is not reasonably practicable - other forms of physical restraints that are capable of arresting the fall of a person from a height of more than 2 metres,
    
Falling objects - particular risk control measures - OHS Regulation 2001 Clause 57
 
 
An employer must ensure that risks associated with falling objects are controlled by use of the following measures:
(a) provision of safe means of raising and lowering plant, materials and debris in the place of work,
(b) provision of a secure physical barrier to prevent objects falling freely from buildings or structures in or in the vicinity of the place of work,
(c) if it is not possible to provide a secure physical barrier, provision of measures to arrest the fall of objects,
(d) provision of appropriate personal protective equipment.
 
Safety Nets Australia net systems fully comply with these provisions.

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**for additional reading  see our 'Safety Nets Installation Manual 'which you can buy from us.

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