Safety Netting

Hire & installation of Safety Netting to the Construction Industry

Safety Netting is a faster, safer and more cost-effective solution to traditional personal fall arrest equipment.

Safety Netting Systems provide a collective form of fall arrest, in addition collective protection is preferred by the HSE. While the use of Personal Protective Equipment, such as a harness, lanyard and Line is acceptable it must be demonstrated through a risk assessment that other more suitable forms of protection cannot be used. Consequently Safety Net Systems are a faster, safer and more cost-effective solution to traditional methods of fall protection. Therefore your workforce will be more productive whilst maintaining complete safety.

A competently rigged Safety Netting System will enable you to comply with the requirements of the Work at Height Regulations 2005. Consequently you will be more attractive to prospective clients.

Approved Safety Netting Installation & Training Centre

G & M Safety Netting Ltd is a FASET member company and is an installer and training centre. FASET is the trade association & training body for Safety Netting and Temporary Safety Systems Industry.

At G&M we only use safety nets which conform to BS EN 1263 – 1:2014. We are committed to the annual testing and rigorous maintenance of all our equipment. It is a requirement of BS EN 1263-1 that all safety nets are tested annually for UV Degradation.

We log all safety nets in and out on projects using an RFID tagging system to ensure that we have a complete historical record of their usage, as a result you can be rest assured that all the safety nets we supply are traceable.

A Safety Net installation by G&M Safety Netting is always carried out by one of our experienced team of FASET trained and NVQ Level 2 assessed operatives. Consequently our safety net systems comply with BS EN 1263 – 2:2014 and BS 8411:2007 (Code of Practice) as a result you can be secure in the knowledge that our safety netting systems perform when needed. Our operatives receive ongoing professional training and industry updates on current legislation and industry best practice.

 G&M Safety Netting Ltd is located just off the M6 Junction 18 in Cheshire, ideally positioned to provide a cost effective and efficient nationwide service.

Applications for our safety netting solutions

  • New Build
  • Refurbishment
  • Steel Framed Buildings
  • Specialist Installations

For Sales & Support, call 01606 834 630.

SAFETY NETTING INFORMATION & TECHNICAL BULLETINS

Safety Net Test Records There is no set standard for what or how a Safety Net Test Record should be presented. This document details the minimum information that should be included.

Testing Safety Nets for UV Degradation  Safety nets can deteriorate over time so require an annual test to ensure they still meet the minimum strength specified by the manufacturer. This bulletin sets out the testing procedure. 

Safety Net Label & Record Keeping Safety nets must have a permanently attached ‘Identification Label’ and a ‘Test Tag’. In addition records should be kept and availabe for inspection of all Safety Nets within a fleet. This bulletin provides details.

Repairing Knotted & Knotless Safety Nets Safety nets used in the UK are either of a ‘Knotless or Knotted’ configuration and must conform to BSEN1263 pt. During their life nets may become damaged. This document details the standards that FASET has agreed for repairing damaged Safety Nets.

Repairs to a Knotless Safety Net This FASET bulletin provides guidance that should be followed when repairing Damaged Knotless Safety Nets to enable further use. 

Repairs to a Knotted Safety Net This FASET bulletin provides guidance that should be followed when repairing Damaged Knotted Safety Nets to enable further use. 

Tagging of Safety Net Repairs Repairs carried out on all new Safety Nets purchased after January 2008 must be tagged appropriately. This FASET bulletin provides guidance that should be followed. 

On-Site Safety Net Temporary Repair If a Safety Net is damage after installation an ‘On-Site Temporary Repair’ may be carried out. This bulletin details the FASET guidance for on-site temporary repair of safety nets.

Maximum Gaps Any gaps in a safety netted area should be reduced so far as is reasonably practicable. This document provides details of what is considered reasonable and where gaps are unavoidable how this should be documented.

Gathering vs Under Rolling Safety Nets should always be over sized by at least 10% and then dressed to fit the void being filled. There are two recognised methods of dressing a Safety Net; Under-rolling & Gathering. This bulletin provides details of these techniques and when they should be used.

Joining Nets Together Where Safety Nets are ‘overlapped’ there must be a minimum of 2 meters (or 20 meshes) throughout length of the overlap. Where a 2m overlap cannot be achieved, Safety Nets must be laced together. This FASET bulletin provides guidance. 

Net Attachment Testing Performance critical opening elements should require two consecutive deliberate manual actions to close and lock them. Non-performance critical elements shall be tested open. This document provides details of Testing Requirements for Safety Net Attachment Devices.

Drilled Fixings Safety Nets should not be supported by any drilled anchor fixed into a structure unless the Rigging Company can provide evidence that the structure, the anchoring material, and the anchor are capable of taking a suitable applied load. This BASET bulletin provides guidance for the installation and testing of safety net anchors.

Incorrect Safety Net Support – Gravlock/Girder Clamp The practice of using single scaffold girder clamp – coupler or part of them to attach or hook a Safety Net to the bottom flange of a beam or similar structure is prohibited. This bulletin provides more information.

Safety Nets & Temporary Edge Protection Consideration should be given to providing protection to roof overhang details by the Design Team within their duty under the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations. Where no consideration has been given to how this gap will be protected then a solution must be agreed between the relevant parties involved.

Working Above Safety Nets In the UK, safety nets are used as the main means of fall protection by those working at height. Therefore, the safety nets must be rigged as close as is reasonably practicable to the underside of the working platform (i.e. roof / floor / deck) and never more than 2 meters. In addition the number of workers protected by an individual Safety Net must be contained within the capacity of the net. This document provides more information.

Loading of Safety Nets Safety Nets should not be loaded. Those responsible for site operations should ensure the nets are kept clear of debris & material contamination (and snow in winter) at all times.

Safety Net Handovers & In Use Inspections Before any work can commence above a Safety Net system, it must be inspected by a competent person and a regular Inspection regime must be in place then a documented Hand-Over must be undertaken. FASET provides suitable documentation for use by its members (FASET Safety Net Handover Certificate and FASET Safety Net Inspection Form). This bulletin provides guidance on this. 

Removal of Safety Nets by Third Parties A rigged safety net system must NEVER be adapted, altered or tampered with. Any adjustments should only be carried out by a competent person (typically this is recognised as being a Blue CSCS Skilled Worker Card holder – Safety Net Rigger).
On occasions and only with written permission from the Safety Net Rigging company third parties may de-rig a safety net. This should only be undertaken when the work above the nets has been completed. This bulletin provides details on this. 

Reporting Falls into Safety Nets Safety nets provide a soft landing and will stretch and deform when a person (or object) impacts the net meshes. BS EN 1263/1 stipulates that nets should be checked by a competent person after loading. This is generally considered to be the manufacturer (not the installing company). Due to the logistics of this, FASET recommends that safety nets should only be loaded once. The fall must be reported so FASET & HSE can study all the incidents, learn from them and improve safety standards in the industry. More information is available in this bulletin.

End of Life Nets If a safety net is no longer suitable for use – it may have failed a UV test, been loaded in a fall, or just be uneconomic to repair it is important that it is no longer used. This bulletin details the agreed procedure for withdrawing safety nets from service when they reach the end of their life.

Clearance Distance Beneath Safety Nets A safety net deforms and stretches to absorb a fall, so it is important to have sufficient clearance below the net. The clearance distance required will depend upon the free fall height and the span of the net. In UK construction it is generally acceptable to work to a rule of thumb clearance of 3m however the details in this bulletin should always be consulted.

Use of Ladders for Rigging & De-Rigging Safety Nets Work at Height Regulations limits the use of ladders to instances where a risk assessment can justify
that other means of access is not reasonably practicable. This bulletin gives guidance on how this applies to safety net rigging.

Roof Over Netting Guidance The biggest risk when installing a new roofing membrane is falling through the existing fragile roof. Roof Over-Netting provides a form of fall prevention for the persons fixing the new materials. This document provides advice for for Clients & Contractors when specifying,
tendering and installing ‘Roof Over-Netting’ solutions.

FASET Good Practice Guide on The Selection of Access Methods to Install & Dismantle Safety Netting There is a degree of risk to safety net riggers when working at height. The Work at Height Regulations 2005 (WAH Regs) outlines the measures that employers must take to comply with the law. The regulations apply to all work at height where there is a risk of a fall likely to cause personal injury. This document details advice relating to safety net riggers working at height.

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Testimonial

G & M Safety Netting have been working as our sole sub-contractor for safety netting and other safety measures for nearly 6 years now. Since we started our working relationship there has always been an excellent level of service and any issues that we come across are dealt with quickly and in a safe manner. As the legal requirements of health & safety has changed over the last few years between ourselves we have managed to look at the requirements and changes to systems and implemented the necessary training and education to meet the current legislation.After reviewing the market each year we believe G & M Safety Netting are at the fore front of the industry in their trade for safety, efficiency and customer care. Rhino Precast Ltd 

WAYNE STEAD, DIRECTORRHINO PRECAST LTD

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G&M Safety Netting Ltd,
7a Brooks Lane,
Middlewich,
Cheshire,
CW10 0JH

T: 01606 834 630
F: 01606 835 417
E: info@gmsafetynetting.co.uk

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