How to install construction safety nets correctly

Safety is crucial on construction sites. Especially on challenging construction sites, such as large industrial construction projects or demolition work, it is important to provide reliable protection. Construction safety nets are an indispensable part of the safety equipment. Here too, proper functioning is only guaranteed by a correct installation. Let us help you get started.

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European standard EN 1263-1

EN 1263-1 is a European standard defining the use of construction safety nets and accessories for working at a height. Among other things, the standard specifies the safety requirements and testing methods, the net shapes, the materials to be used in their production, etc.

By buying your construction safety nets from a specialised producer, such as Duranet, you can be sure that they comply with the European standard. A correct installation is also necessary to ensure proper functioning. To this end, standard EN 1263-2 was developed, which we would like to discuss in more detail in this blog.

Correct installation of your construction safety net

In order to ensure your employees can work safely at a height, construction safety nets must be installed correctly. According to the standard EN 1263-2, the net should be suspended with ropes. When doing so, pay attention to:

  • fixed suspension points at maximum distance of 2,50 metres
  • resistance of each suspension point to a load of at least 6 kN at an angle of 45°
  • advice for a max. distance of 100 mm between the edge of the net and the supporting structure
  • a minimum tensile strength of 30 kN (single rope) or 15 kN (double rope)
  • the securing of rope ends to prevent fraying
  • a containment of the edge rope of the net
  • use of a self-locking knot, such as a clove hitch
  • sufficient distance without obstacles under the net, for the deformation during a possible impact of falling persons

Other attachment accessories are necessary in specific cases. Think, for example, of steel beam clamps, safety carabiners or steel brackets. These are not included in the standard. In these cases, you should follow the recommendations of the manufacturer of the attachment materials. Duranet always provides an installation manual with all information and useful tips.

Maximum fall height

To minimise the impact of a fall, you should hang the net as close as possible to the workplace, with a maximum distance of 3 metres within 2 metres from the net edges. The maximum fall height – in the middle of the net – should not exceed 6 metres. Note: for construction safety nets of up to 35 m² or with a span width of up to 5 metres, the fall height is limited to 2 metres.

Minimum catching width

If you use construction safety nets to protect the roof edge, make sure you pay sufficient attention to the minimum catch width. This depends on the slope of the roof and the fall height. You can find the safe catch width for your construction site in the net’s installation instructions.

Don’t forget the annual inspection and visual check

A new EN 1263-1 certified net can be used for 1 year. It is important to have the net reinspected annually. This ensures reliable operation and a safe construction site. After all, the exposure to the climate – especially the influence of UV radiation – reduces the capacity to absorb fall energy.

During the annual inspection, it is checked whether this capacity is still adequate. A test mesh is used each time to check the quality of the net. The 3 test meshes provided thus allow you to use the construction safety net for up to 4 years with guaranteed operation and safety.

In addition, perform a visual check of your construction safety net before each use. Check for wear and tear or damage. Defective nets should only be reused after approval by the manufacturer or another expert.

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