Assess the impact of sheeting or netting

Control Measure Knowledge

Sheeting or netting on scaffolding may be used as either fall protection or to prevent debris falling from height. Sheeting or netting should not be relied on as the sole means of preventing a fall from height.

The size of the netting should be evaluated, particularly when breathing apparatus (BA) is worn, as the BA set may become entangled. A risk assessment should consider the necessity of the task, the need for BA and the potential impact of removing the sheeting or netting.

Figure: Photograph of debris netting in place

Specialist advice or assistance regarding scaffolding sheeting or netting may be required from:

  • The scaffolding provider
  • Local authority building control teams
  • Structural engineers
  • Urban search and rescue tactical advisers

Strategic Actions

Tactical Actions