The purpose of a safety net is to arrest falls by absorbing the kinetic energy from the person falling. Safety nets minimise the distance and consequence of the fall. Often, they act in conjunction with other temporary safety systems such as edge protection and stair tower access to create a complete safe system of works for people working at height.
Edge Fall Protection
FASET (Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training) is the leading trade association and training body for the safety net rigging and temporary safety systems industry. FASET works together with its members to provide guidance and training to promote safer ways of working. The guidance provides good practices for contractors and provides understanding of the industry for clients. Members of FASET have undergone a rigorous application process and annual audit to ensure quality and commitment to safety and best standards are maintained. This audit process is now accredited by SSiP and is therefore mutually recognised with other health and safety assessment schemes.
As one of the UK leading suppliers of fall arrest systems G&M Safety Netting and G&M Safe Deck are full members of FASET and our directors serve on the board and have been active on various sub-committees over the years.
Passive fall protection protects all personnel at risk and dose not require actions by the individual, e.g. safety nets. This is considered safer and so preferable to active protection which requires individual action in order to protect him/herself, e.g. clipping on lanyards. Safety Nets are collective i.e. passive.