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Above Ground And Beyond: The Essential Guide To Safety Netting

Kerrect, the height safety and access specialist, are Australia’s leading qualified safety netting experts and engineers. Designing, supplying, and installing our own fully compliant safety netting products and fall protection systems. Able to provide safety netting for collective fall protection, with our construction catch-nets, personnel nets and materials catch-nets, we can design and purpose-build unique netting systems for any situation or site.


Uses of safety netting

Typical uses of safety netting are numerous and include fall protection, overhead protection, vertical containment of people, materials, or debris and for working platforms. Believe it or not, there is even safety netting for pets to ensure they don’t fall off a building. Basically, the world is your oyster with safety netting and the professional team at Kerrect are always thinking outside the box when it comes to their usage.  


Installation process

Installed by our team of FASET qualified and experienced safety net riggers, our collective safety netting systems are designed to protect all workers above and below. In fact, did you know Kerrect height safety engineers are the only FASET qualified safety net installers in Australia and were the first company to introduce certified safety netting solutions, way back in 2007? Nets can be installed using either EWP, rope access, or a combination of both. As a result, they can be safely installed in pretty much any location, no matter how high or difficult the job is perceived to be.


Benefits of safety netting

There are a range of benefits to having safety netting installed. First and foremost, building and construction projects can be dangerous, and its essential safety is prioritised. Given they provide a barrier around elevated work sites, the installation of safety net protection is an imperative measure to prevent accidents and injuries. Another reason to consider safety net protection is the cost savings it can provide for your business in the long run. If you can minimise the occurrence of accidents and injuries, then you will also avoid costs associated with worker’s compensation, hospital bills and project delays. A further benefit of safety netting is that ensure you remain compliant with all relevant regulations and standards, avoiding potential fines or costly legal issues. For example, a system of horizontal safety nets with debris liners, set up beneath your work area, provides collective fall protection beneath the entire work area, enabling works to proceed safely and more efficiently above along with overhead protection beneath the work area, works can also continue below, as they are unhindered by exclusion zones. The results? Savings in time, costs and ultimately, lives.  


Versatility to different worksites

We have a range of safety netting varieties to suit any workplace. With our range of netting and expertise in the industry, we can either encapsulate work areas, or loose elements of buildings and structures, and provide either short- or long-term solutions. All our netting solutions are also available in a wide choice of mesh sizes and colour when aesthetics matter.  


High energy absorption and ease of rescue

Importantly, safety nets utilise energy absorption as the fundamental principle governing their design and performance. In fact, in most situations, safety nets have distinct advantages over other forms of fall arrest and Australian standards regard nets as a “preferred method of fall arrest when working at height.” Our range of certified fall arrest netting, with or without material catching overlays, provide a complete ‘soft catch’ alternative or supplement to traditional fall arrest systems. This type of netting is unique in that it offers high energy absorption, which drastically lessens the impact on the fallen person and reduces the risk of injury. It also enables a less fatal result and an easy rescue. In fact, in most cases, the employee can simply climb out of the net, without the need for high-risk rescue scenarios.  



One feature of our netting products is durability. All our products are crafted from top quality materials that can withstand the harshest weather conditions and heavy use, ensuring they last for years. They also meet Australian safety standards and are rigorously tested and certified to ensure they meet all necessary safety and quality requirements.  


Examples in past projects

Recently we wrapped the tops of brick chimneys, high rise balconies and even an entire building – walls, roof, and all- with our engineered encapsulation safety netting systems. This ensured deteriorating facades, roofs and structures were safely contained, while decisions were made for a more permanent solution.  

Want to know more?

For more information or for any questions you might have regarding safety netting, get in touch with one of our experienced team members today. Given Kerrect are the thought leader when it comes to safety netting, we have you covered (literally) above ground and beyond, get in touch with Kerrect today.

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