Passive fall safety and debris containment systems such as netting and guardrail systems provide your crew and the public below the protection they need, without requiring their active involvement, specialized training, major maintenance, or additional gear. Standard off the shelf netting and guardrail systems as well as customized solutions are available to meet your specific jobsite requirements.
Construction nets are generally heavy-duty and incorporate a UV coating to stand up to the elements outdoors. They provide debris containment, personnel fall protection or both and are available for various commercial construction builds. Industrial nets are typically lighter but just as strong and often include a flame retardant protection for added safety. They are useful for many material handling applications and available in pre-packaged or custom configurations.
The structure your system must attach to (such as structural steel, concrete floor or column) can dictate the type of specialized system required. Most of our netting systems are available with the related cable and hardware for installation to steel or concrete. It is critical to choose a system that has been precision engineered and rigorously tested for the application and structure where it will be used.
Net systems are designed to catch falling debris, catch a fallen worker or a combination of both. Nets with a wide mesh (holes) are primarily used to catch people. Nets with a smaller mesh can handle both. And some wide mesh personnel nets are available with liners so they double as debris nets.
Meshes are available in many sizes and strengths, depending on the job. Some nets come with liners, so they catch both personnel and debris. The most common debris net mesh size is 1/8" (3 mm). A typical personnel net mesh size is 3-1⁄2" (87.5 mm). The diamond-shaped design dissipates strain throughout the net.
First you must decide if it is an outdoor or indoor application. Features such as UV-protected material that won't rot or mildew and/or flame retardant coatings are often mandatory depending upon your application. Typical netting materials are polypropylene and nylon. We use nylon for our personnel nets because it is 47% stronger than polypropylene, provides a softer "catch" and resists chafing and abrasion.
Systems are typically offered in either a free-standing type that eliminates surface penetration or a fixed attachment type such as bolt, weld or clamp-on. The fixed attachment type is used more often for permanent applications and the free-standing for portable scenarios.
Your system should be adjustable and adaptable to allow for changes down the line. A modular type system that allows you to add to the system over time is ideal. Select a system with various component options to allow jobsite customization.
Free-standing systems should be lightweight and easy to transport and set-up. It must provide you the ability to install the system without a significant amount of training or special tools and equipment.
All system components must be made from quality materials strong enough to endure rough handling and exposure to the elements, while minimizing weight. Powder coated finishes are standard; choose galvanized for harsh environments.