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Safety Net Recovery System

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.

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Features and Benefits

  • Modular – System comes as a standard kit of parts and is stored in its own bag
  • Lightweight – System weighs 25kg and can be stored on the floor below the netted area
  • Fast – Battery powered with total inflation time of 2- minutes and deflation time 1-minute
  • Safe – Method statement available to put straight into RAMS
  • Flexible – Recovers up to a height of 2.9m which can be used on floor-to-floor heights of 3.5m
  • Strong – Stranded operative weighing up to 150kg can be recovered
  • Handleable – Pulled on a trolley with stair climber wheels
  • Unique – There’s no other system like this in the 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.

A safe descent for those in need

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.

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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.


Step 1: Site operative falls unconscious into the net
Step 2: Safety Net Recovery System [SNRS] is placed underneath the net
Step 3: The Net Recovery Bag is folded under the net
Step 4: Stretcher is clipped onto the Recovery Bag
Step 5: Recovery Bag is inflated
Step 6: The Net is cut
Step 7: The Recovery Bag is deflated
Step 8: Casualty is now safely on the floor

The Safety Net Recovery System in action

  • If a site operative falls into the net unconscious, the air bag can be quickly and easily placed on the floor beneath the casualty suspended in the net.
  • A long-life lithium powered battery inflates the bag to a maximum 2.9 meters in less than 2-minutes.
  • The bag inflates a deep lip around its upper perimeter which automatically centralises the person onto a stretcher sitting within this well.
  • Now, the casualty is now fully supported by the bag and stretcher, which allows the rescuers to cut the safety netting, freeing the victim to be lowered to the floor by deflating the air bag.
  • The process takes less than one minute once the casualty is safely on the floor, and they can start to receive lifesaving treatment.
  • If the paramedics are still not on the scene and circumstances require it, the stretcher can be unclipped and the casualty carried closer to the site entrance, saving valuable seconds for when the emergency services arrive.

To find out more about our Safety Net Recovery System call the Brilliant Ideas team
on 01335 345111 or email