The Safety Net Recovery System is a very simple way of recovering a site operative who has fallen from height into a safety net.
This innovative and unique system is the winner of two health and safety industry awards from both British Precast and Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET), the established trade association and training body for the safety netting and temporary safety systems industry.
If a site operative falls into a safety net when they’re unconscious and in need of immediate medical care, at present, the best site emergency net recovery plan isn’t quick and presents a risk to life. For a paramedic to provide urgent medical care, the operative would need to be lowered to the ground.
When it comes to safely working at height, especially on steel framed buildings, safety nets are the most commonly used form of fall protection. The safety nets are positioned tightly beneath the work area, so if a worker falls, they are caught in the net; and if they are not injured they can climb out. But if they’re unable to recover themselves, they have to be retrieved from the net by others – a procedure often overlooked in most method statements.
This oversight was highlighted to Brilliant Ideas during a routine site installation in 2017. While working at height, one member of the Beresford’s Flooring installation team went into cardiac arrest. Although colleagues close by performed CPR until the paramedics arrived and despite the best efforts of everyone, our friend died in hospital a few days later.
Our foreman at the time happened to mention, that in many ways, we’d been lucky that he’d collapsed onto scaffolding rather than falling into the safety net. This way, we were able to get to him, perform CPR and get him down from the scaffolding. If he’d fallen into the safety net, then that would have been difficult, if not impossible to get to him.
Full training on how to use the Net Recovery System is available at our purpose-built carbon neutral training centre, in Ashbourne Derbyshire.