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Builders – Safety Nets
WorkSafe has issued an industry-wide alert for residential building sites about the dangers of poorly installed and badly made safety nets.
Although safety nets are not mandatory, employers are required to protect workers from serious harm. Builders need to consider using secure safety nets (or other methods) to stop workers seriously injuring themselves if they fall off roofs or walls.
"WorkSafe has issued an industry-wide alert for residential building sites about the dangers of poorly installed and badly made nets.
Safety net failures in Auckland have caused two serious head injuries in the past two years, the health and safety regulator said.
The nets hang below high-level work areas, such as roofs on residential construction sites, and are designed to stop workers falling far and badly hurting themselves.
WorkSafe construction sector lead Vadim Spice said poor quality nets and untrained installers led to the accidents resulting in serious injury."
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