What is scaffolding netting?
Scaffolding netting is one of a number of tools used in the construction industry when working with scaffold structures. Its main objective is to better protect the workers and the people working around scaffold such as dust, heat, rain and any other hazard. For this blog, Network Scaffold will talk you through all the advantages of using netting on your next project.
How Does Scaffolding Netting Protect?
Scaffold netting protects both employees working on the construction project and the general public who are in close proximity to the project.
An Extra Layer of Fall Protection
For workers on construction projects, they will gain an extra layer of fall protection with netting. When regular scaffold is set up, there are guardrails and toe rails that act as barriers to prevent workers from falling. Netting ensures full coverage instead of just protection where the rails are located.
The netting also provides shade for employees. The amount will depend on the density of the netting and the sun direction. Scaffolding netting a surprisingly effective way to protect workers in hot and/or sunny conditions.
From the Elements
Similar to the shade rate, netting protects workers from the elements, especially the wind. Shielding from the wind significantly helps works outside during the winter plus it will make performing their tasks easier. Netting also provides protection against any debris that could accidentally fall, including tools or building materials.
Dust-intensive work such as sandblasting creates plenty of dust, but using netting will retain the sand and save polluting the surrounding area.
What to Look For in Scaffold Netting
When deciding on scaffold netting, there are a number of factors to consider. Here are some things to think about –
Fire Retardant – While most products sold today are fire retardant, it is always a good point to check before purchasing. You will want to ensure that in the case of a fire, the netting doesn’t act as extra kindle and become ablaze quickly.
UV Resistant – The amount of UV resistance ultimately depends on the length of time the netting will be in place, but you will want to ensure some resistance so it can stay outside and resist the elements.
Reinforcement – The netting also needs eyelets or some form of reinforcement which help its shelf life. Otherwise, if the netting is attached in random places, the chances of it ripping will increase.
Some netting doesn’t have eyelets, however, the borders are reinforced which also acts to prevent the netting from ripping and makes it easier to attach it at various parts instead of just corners or wherever the eyelets are located.
Get in touch with any questions
If you have any questions about scaffolding netting, please do not hesitate to contact Network Scaffold Services today.