Frequently Asked Questions
Some questions & answers about safety nets, regulations and installation
Does my building site need safety nets??
Yes! Providing a safe working environment is not just a good idea, it’s the law!
The HSE Act requires that if there is a potential to fall from ANY height, reasonable and practical steps must be taken to prevent harm from resulting.
Regulation 21 of the Health and Safety in employment act regulations 1995
There is a reasonably good understanding amongst many people in building and construction that if the distance of possible fall is greater than 3 metres then steps must be taken to prevent any fall from occurring.
What is not so well understood is that even if a possible fall is less than 3 metres the HSE Act requires that if there is any chance of harm resulting, steps must be taken to prevent the fall from occurring.
Regulation 21 is the source of the often-quoted “3 metre rule”. It is mistakenly believed that no further action is needed where a person faces a fall of less than 3 metres. That belief is wrong and ignores the overarching duties in the Act.
What happens if I don’t have fall protection in place?
If Health and Safety Inspectors cannot see that a Fall Prevention Plan and appropriate safety systems have been put in place, they will consider enforcement action. This could include issuing a warning or notice, or issuing an infringement fine of up to $4000.
Your building site can also be shut down until hazard controls are in place, potentially costing your job thousands of dollars and unnecessary stress. Numerous sites around New Zealand are being shut down at the moment due to non-compliance. .
How do safety nets work?
A certified installer will come to your site, attach the nets to the insides of the top plates of your structure, stretching them out across the entire room, just beneath where people are working, thus creating a safe “catching net” if someone was to fall while installing the trusses or forming the roof itself.
Once you have finished with the nets, we come back and remove them.
Using nets on site means that access and movement at floor level is not compromised as the nets are above head height.
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How do I know that the safety nets comply with legislation?
Our nets are manufactured by Leon de Oro, Europe’s number 1 net manufacturer. The nets comply fully with the European Standard 1263-1&2 “Safety Netting”.
Each net has an identification tag on it containing information about the size, date of manufacture, where it was made and the individual registration number.
Each net also has a set of test swatches sewn on. We remove 1 each year and send it to a qualified testing facility to determine the ongoing quality of the net. Every time a net is tested (and passes) a certificate is issued so that a nets integrity can be fully tracked at all times.
Can ceiling battens be used as a method of fall protection?
No. Ceiling battens do not provide any safe fall protection. Both metal and timber ceiling battens are generally a lightweight element designed to provide support for ceiling linings and not to sustain the loads imposed by a person falling. Even if a ceiling batten was engineered to sustain the loads imposed by a person falling there is still risk of the person sustaining serious injuries by landing on the battens.