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What Is Tension Netting and How Is It Installed?

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Tension netting (also known as walk on netting) is a form of temporary work platform. It is governed by The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (often abbreviated to PUWER). These regulations set out clear guidelines which must be followed to ensure tension netting is correctly installed and used.

Tension netting should only be installed by those who are correctly trained such as rope access technicians. Workers accessing the tension netting system should also be qualified in rope access or correctly work at height trained and be attached via twin lanyards or an independently anchored safety line system. 

How Is Tension Netting Installed?

The installation of tension netting must cover a number of different areas including engineering and rescue. These are detailed further below:


Every tension netting system should have a set of installation drawings that the technicians should adhere, including such things as structural load calculations. Tension netting systems should also not be overloaded.


Technicians installing a tension netting system will also need to create a rescue plan with the appropriate rescue systems. Rescue cover for workers using a tension netting system should be provided by experienced rope access technicians.

What Is Tension Netting Used For?

Walk on netting is suitable for 'light' work tasks such as inspections, surveys, etc. It is not suitable for heavier duty tasks such as welding, steel work installation or grit blasting. For these kinds of tasks, a solid platform is the safer and more effective method.

Why Choose Rope Access to Install Tension Netting?

Tension netting can be installed using rope access. Rope access is beneficial for a number of reasons. Some of the benefits of installation by rope access include include:

  • Tension netting systems can be up to 10 times quicker to install than other conventional methods.
  • The system can be much more cost effective than scaffolding.
  • It is safer to install.
  • It has a lower cost for labour and lower transport costs.

Is It Right For You?

Tension netting still has a place in the access platform market and when used correctly can provide a safe way to access underneath areas. Our team at Inspection & Rope Access Specialists have experience in working with tension netting systems. Each project is carried out to stringent procedures and adhered with the relevant regulations. For more information please contact our rope access team.