Fall Arrest Safety Net Installation

Installation of System S Safety Nets

All companies are obliged to follow the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations of their individual states to ensure the safety of their employees. In Queensland for example, the installation of safety nets is deemed a High Risk Work activity (Queensland Workplace Health and Safety Regulations 2011; Schedule 3).

Many of our customers are now realising that poor rigging of fall arrest safety nets can actually constitute an increased risk, rather than reducing it. We recommend that safety nets are best installed following the guidelines and standards currently followed in Europe (European Standard EN 1263-2:2014). Installation booklets are supplied to our customers to assist in the installation of safety nets although, safety nets MUST only be installed by a qualified and competent person.

Type S Safety Net:

  1. Installed on the horizontal plane and are suspended below the worker operating at height. In the event of a slip, trip or fall the worker is contained within the safety net.
  2. EN 1263.2:2014 refers to a maximum fall height of up to 6m and a maximum fall height of 3m within 2m of the edge of the net. However in Australia, the maximum fall height is 2m.
  3. Best practice is to install safety nets as close as possible to the working level. This minimizes the potential fall distance and thereby reduces the loads impacting the body, the net and structure to which the net is attached.
  4. It is good practice when installing the net to extend the netted area further than the point from where the worker is expected to be operating. This eliminates the risk of tripping forward and missing the safety net.
  5. Safety nets must be attached to a fixing point at least every 2m.
  6. Each fixing point should be capable of withstanding a 6kN loading at 45°.
  7. It is critical that the border rope is always enclosed within the chosen attachment system.
  8. It is important to always oversize the net by at least 5% on all sides.

Fall Arrest Safety Nets has developed training courses aimed at developing a skills and knowledge base that relate directly to European best practices. Our training courses can be conducted on site or at our Queensland training venue. For further information contact David 0413 940 722.

Installation of WP Nets

System WP – Work Platform Nets is a specialized service offered by Fall Arrest Safety Nets and are a brilliant height safety solution. These nets are an innovative access system which can be quickly erected and dismantled in areas where access would otherwise be limited to large and bulky scaffolding systems. The supply and installation of Working Platform safety nets benefit the client commercially, economically and financially.

These nets are:

Cost effective compared to scaffolding systems​

Reduced personnel due to rapid installation

Highly portable with storage and transport

The nets are tough and highly durable, easy to store and transport. The working platform net has major benefits in locations where space and transportation considerations are critical.

Work Platform nets are regarded as a reliable fall prevention working platform where personnel can work with confidence.

Work Platforms are only a second restraint. They need to be worked in conjunction with a safety harness static line.

Work Platform Nets can also be installed as a heavy duty containment system enabling protection to elements below from heavy dropped objects. The containment system may be installed to capture minute particles increasing up to large and heavy debris. This system is used extensively underneath conveyor belts where large or small objects become dislodged from the conveyor belt. Extremely strong yet lightweight and transportable, WP safety nets provide direct, unhindered and stable support for multiple personnel and their equipment.

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