Safety nets are utilised to arrest the fall of people, tools and equipment as they fall from height. Without the safety net they would hit the ground which could not only cause severe injury or death for the individual concerned if it is them who are falling, but people on the ground below would also face the same prospect if a person or item were to land on them. It would be most likely that the falling person or object would strike their head first, which unfortunately is one of the most vulnerable areas of the body and, being the location of the brain, is the area most likely to result in death if damaged.
Not just used by trapeze artists in the circus, safety nets have played an increasingly important role in saving the lives and in the prevention of injury for many workers over the years.
There are a number of considerations to take into account when thinking of using safety nets. One is the height above ground, as the net will droop when it takes the force of the object on it (if it was extremely high tension or the net made of steel mesh then it would not be much better than the ground itself!). This means that the safety net must be positioned above a certain minimum height so that even with the give the object caught in it will still not hit the ground or come into contact with any people or items which happen to be beneath it at the time.
Another consideration is the spacing between the mesh of the safety net. If the holes are big, items such as small tools can still fall through and pose a significant health and safety risk to anyone underneath if it were to strike them.
Safety nets also need to be installed and tensioned correctly, otherwise they may break and cause the person or object to fall to the ground anyway.
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