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Control measure

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.

Debris netting in place - photograph courtesy of Janet Guthrie

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

Fire and rescue services should:
  • Make arrangements with appropriate agencies for the provision of advice or assistance regarding scaffolding sheeting or netting

Tactical actions

Incident commanders should:
  • Identify presence, type and integrity of any netting in liaison with responsible person

  • Consider the removal of sheeting or netting where it presents a risk to safe implementation of the incident plan