A NEW access platform built from polypropylene netting is getting its first practical use at the Bluewater site in Dartford, Kent.
The Work Positioning Net is the brainchild of Bristol-based company Hi- Access.
It hopes that the product will revolutionise the world of high-level installations.
The platform is designed to give a deflection of as little of three to four inches when tensioned allowing workers to walk on it safely.
It derives its strength from a composite three layer construction. The top layer is custom-
designed with a tighter weave than conventional netting. The low deflection is achieved by
increasing the amount of material lengthways in the net, and by weaving the ropes rather than knotting them.
'We see it is a more flexible alternative to access towers for high level work,' said Hi-Access managing director John Corber.
The platform can be put up in a day and dismantled in half a day. It can also be re-rigged within the existing steelwork.
The HSE has been happy with the platform's performance at Bluewater, added Mr Corber.