Whilst netting suppliers are asked to manufacture nets for many different purposes, one in particular which is regarded as very important by many, is a safety net. Safety nets have on many occasions been the difference between individuals surviving an accident and not, and as such, it means that safety nets can literally be the difference between life and death. Safety nets are used in all kinds of scenarios and situations, with some of those being mandatory due to safety laws and regulations, and in some cases, they are used as an additional safety measure although not a legal requirement. The key to a safety net providing the maximum amount of protection is that the type of safety net chosen is the correct one. The actual safety net you might use will be based upon several factors such as what the risk is, the area in which it is going to be used, and what specifically it is designed to ‘catch’. The assumption is often made that a safety net is only for catching someone who has fallen from a height, however, safety nets can also be used to protect individuals from equipment or debris falling from above. The locations in which safety nets are used also vary, although there are somewhere they are a key element of the safety precautions. A prime example of this is the construction industry with construction sites notorious for being dangerous working environments. Machinery, tools, and construction materials are just a few of the […]
Building sites are known to be one of the most hazardous places to work, but within the site, scaffolding would have to be the most dangerous area, simply due to its very nature of being up high with narrow walkways that often have to be traversed with heavy loads. It is to everyone’s benefit that scaffolding accidents be prevented. The worker will certainly benefit, while the employer will save time and costs in keeping employees accident free. Many scaffolding accidents can be prevented by using common sense. For instance, the walkways should be kept free of debris, equipment and materials so that access is safer. Tripping over or having to step over rubbish is always going to cause problems. Cleanliness on the site is also important. If oil or grease is spilt anywhere on the building site and it gets trodden in, then it will be carried on workboots into other places such as the scaffolding. If the walkways get oil on them, they will become very slippery and dangerous to all who have to work there.