A remote job site of any sort will usually need netting, either to act as a makeshift, temporary fence around the site or to keep workers safe when working at elevated heights without a barricade or railing of some sort. Netting can also protect items that are stacked, keeping them from falling out of place, or be used to lift awkwardly shaped items that cannot fit on a standard pallet. Because there are so many choices for industrial netting materials and designs, note a few tips on choosing the right type for your job site.
Note the tensile strength of any netting material you choose, especially if it will be used as a safety barrier for workers, or to give added protection to stacked items. Thin plastic netting may not have much tensile strength, meaning it can stretch and then snap when holding something heavy. Nylon rope usually has a very high tensile strength, meaning it won't snap easily, or you might invest in Kevlar if you need maximum strength from your net. Wire and cable netting also offers maximum protection against breakage but can be very uncomfortable to the touch. Use this for carrying or securing goods and inventory, but not for netting meant to provide a barrier for workers, as they could actually suffer injury if they were to fall against sharp cables and wires.
The melting point of netting is also important to consider if it will be used around heavy-duty equipment that could produce hot fumes or welding equipment. Kevlar is flame resistant and virtually melt-proof, so it's best for high-temperature applications. Nylon is resistant to chemical and water exposure, so opt for this material if your job site will involve chemical sprays of any sort, or if the netting will be used to secure materials that will be transported by boat.
A tight mesh will block the view of your job site, which is good for temporary fencing. If the job site will create lots of dust and debris, you might also want a very tight mesh to cut down on dust particles swirling around workers or the site itself; opt for a knitted mesh, which is very tightly woven.
However, note if you may want to provide workers with some ventilation when they're on the job site, especially if they're working on a building and will be somewhat indoors, where heat, dust, and debris can get trapped and uncomfortable. Barrier netting often has a more open mesh or weave, to allow for added ventilation and fresh air.
For more information about nets, contact a professional.Share