Which Safety Netting Type is Right for Your Construction Site?
Safety netting serves a critical function on construction sites – it protects workers, property, equipment, and anyone or anything that could be in the immediate vicinity. Netting comes in a variety of material types, designed to cover specific applications. For example, you might only be looking to catch debris. No problem. But is it light? Heavy? That matters. In other cases, you could be looking to retain something in place. How heavy? If you’re concerned about people falling, that solution is literally in a class by itself.
There are four primary classifications of construction netting as follows:
Light debris – includes smaller, lightweight items such as coffee cups, pens, pencils, etc. For this application, PVC-coated polyester is used. To catch these smaller items, you’ll need a finer mesh size, typically 1/8” x 3/16”. The breaking strength (per ASTMD D5034), 1” grab, is 179 lbf (length) and 94 lbf (width). This type of netting is ideal for barriers, debris containment systems, and scaffold enclosures.
Medium duty debris/objects – This includes tools, hardware, and some debris. Knit polyester is standardly applied here, with a larger mesh size, such as 3/8” x 1/2”. Breaking strength (per ASTMD D5034) is 107 PSI (Warp), 65 PSI (Fill). This style of netting can also be used as barrier netting.
Larger, heavier debris/objects – such as brick, concrete, cornice chunks, stacked material. We have found that the best protection is provided by using a two-ply netting system. It consists of a 2” structural net underlay and a 3/8” or 1/8” debris net liner. The two layered panels are joined together at the border with 3” woven high tenacity polypropylene webbing and then double-stitched with UV treated and lubricated #138 polyester sewing thread. It has a design load of 2,000lbs and a test load of 1,200lbs.* This system may also be used as a material tie-down, shade, or open-pit cover. Additional applications include window/access protection, open wall guards, and mid-rail fencing.
People – the most precious cargo! – Fall protection is provided by personnel safety nets (PSNs). There is one material for this purpose: 120mm industrial grade high tenacity nylon. This specialty fiber, originally developed by DuPont, has been the industry standard for fall protection since the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge in the 1930s. It’s a living testament to the old saying, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
So, if you’re sourcing safety netting for a construction site, the key question to ask is, “What will it possibly be catching or retaining?” The application is the decision-maker here. Think worst-case. If anything, over-specify. This way you’ll be covered for the things that you’re expecting to happen, and most likely, the things you are not.
*Testing methods and performance standards reference InCord Standard MPS-002 and Tech Spec PHST-202A Naval Sea Systems Command, Department of the Navy.)
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On job sites big or small, InCord’s custom-crafted safety netting solutions keep you on schedule and in compliance. Also available from InCord is East Coast Lifting Products. American-made synthetic slings, round slings, and tie‐downs.
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