Installation of System S Safety Nets

Safety nets should only be installed by trained personnel

All companies are obliged to follow the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) regulations of their individual states to ensure the safety of their employees. If companies do not adhere strictly to their relevant OHS regulations, they leave themselves exposed to criminal and/or civil court actions.  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).

We recommend that safety nets are best installed following the guidelines and standards currently followed in Europe (European Standard EN 1263-2:2002).   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.  A brief overview:

Type S Safety Net:    Conveyor safety net being installed

  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 1263.2:2002 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.    Safety conveyor net for mining
  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.

To promote training in the relatively new area of Fall Arrest Safety Nets installation, Fall Arrest Safety Nets has developed a small number of 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 direct on mobile 0413 940 722.   Conveyor Safety Net