What is debris netting used for

Scaffold netting is also known as debris netting. This netting is used to contain and prevent any debris from falling off a scaffolding structure. It is used in various settings, including residential and commercial buildings, bridges, tunnels, and other structures. 

Scaffold covered with blue debris netting

Is it a legal requirement?

According to 2005 Work At Height regulations, debris netting is a legal requirement in public spaces. It requires that there be scaffold netting to contain debris or falling particles like dust in areas where the public is exposed to any danger.

Understanding the Fire Retardant Properties

Yes, the netting is fire-resistant because it is made out of lightweight materials such as polypropylene, nylon, or polyester. It is an ideal option for high-fire hazard places, such as construction or manufacturing plants. It works as an excellent protective layer against sparks and embers from welding works.

Can you cut the net?

You cannot cut scaffold debris netting as it can weaken the material and make it less effective at protecting against falling objects. Instead, you should take other measures, such as using tie-off points or edge protection systems that are designed for this purpose.

What are the benefits?

When working at height, risk assessment helps determine the safety measures that need to be taken. One of the benefits of having debris netting in your project is that it protects any traffic or people underneath from any debris or particles falling from the construction activities. It also protects the construction workers and their tools from falling in case they trip or fall.

The debris netting can be hung vertically to achieve wide coverage, especially when working on tall structures. It’s also easy and cost-effective to handle an enclosed site.

The scaffold netting is easy to install because it has eyelets that can be used to easily tie the netting to the scaffolding structure. This can be done using wires or plastic ties.

It allows free air circulation in the scaffold structure thus reducing wind loading. It also allows efficient light while also offering protection against direct sunlight.

It’s flame retardant thus inhibiting any fire outbreaks.

Scaffold structured covered with a green netting

What is debris netting made of

There are various materials that can be used to make debris netting. These include the following:

  • High-density polyethylene
  • Polyester
  • PVC-coated polyester
  • Polypropylene

Even though scaffold netting is green in colour, there’s the option of using printed debris netting, especially in high-profile locations. Apart from concealing the unsightly scaffolding from the public eye, the printed netting also ensures the building under construction blends with the surrounding structures. The printed scaffold netting can either have an image depicting the complete structure, or details of the project or client and in some instances, it can have advertisements.