What is Debris Netting?
Debris netting is a knitted mesh used to wrap buildings for safety of everyone who is near or apart of a hazard.
Managing Debris with Debris Netting
What is debris, and how can you manage it? In general, debris can be loose or scattered material, remains of something broken, leftovers of an event, natural or manmade, or any object that is not meant to be part of something permanently. However, the specific definition of debris will change depending on the context it is found in. For this article, we will be focusing on the types of debris found in construction and the potential injuries, and how you can manage the debris.
Building sites can be dangerous and chaotic. Materials, equipment, and tool are lying around, machinery moving about, vehicles entering and leaving, people working, etc., so it’s very easy for something to wrong. An individual might drop a hammer, lose their grasp on a door or drywall, or even a soon-to-be-installed window; the list goes on. Debris is actually specifically hazardous when dropping from a height. If you have worked on a construction site then you will have seen many situations of falling equipment or debris potentially causing injury or damage.
Fatalities are the ultimate unfortunate example of how hazardous debris can be, but it is a fact in the building and construction industry. Falling debris can lead to broken bones, bruises, concussions, traumatic brain injuries, lacerations, etc. Obviously, the health and well-being of workers and passer bys are of the utmost significance. Still, it is essential to discuss that accidents can result in penalties and fines, as well as work will often be shut down. At the same time, an investigation will be conducted and completed leading to a loss of time and an unmet deadline. However, if an active construction site is complying with all of the necessary standards and guidelines, these sorts of these incidents should be very low.
One more facet of an active building site is that people will be more cautious or at least a little more aware of their setting while on or near the area. Workers can be more equiped, and pedestrians can reroute themselves if necessary. Debris ends up being threatening ominous when we don’t know it’s a possibility and aren’t anticipating to avoid it, which is more and more common.
It typically takes a very long time, usually years, to repair, replace, or demolish crumbling structures and just as long to complete a new construction project. So what can be done in the meantime to manage debris in both of these scenarios? Debris netting can be secured to scaffolding both vertically and horizontally to help prevent loose debris from leaving the working area or as a pedestrian canopy over any open or publicly accessible areas. Our debris netting can be purchased as panels or in rolls allowing for a more freeform installation around crumbling facades and structures. It can also be combined with our fall safety netting to provide an extra layer of protection when containing debris.
Debris is a threat in practically every situation, but its mishaps are virtually completely avoidable. There are outliers occasionally, but debris netting can save lives, save money, and save time when the appropriate measures are taken. Although everyone should be well aware of their environment, especially around building sites, it’s not always the case, so contractors, site managers, building owners, and safety officials should be proactive in stopping debris-related accidents by ensuring that the correct debris netting is installed from Fall Arrest Safety Nets.