A new specialist safety netting system designed, manufactured and tested by Castle Scaffolding is providing protection on rail projects and reducing night shift working and possessions.
This new concertina netting system – which is currently in use at Twickenham Railway Station – is clamped to the face of the scaffolding at ground level and has a telescopic attachment that allows the net to be raised above working platforms, creating a complete curtain that protects everyone who is the public side of the screen.
Castle Scaffolding managing director Ryan Jewell said: “We designed our specialist safety netting system to allow us to erect and dismantle scaffold behind a protection system. This not only puts safety first but also saves cost for clients by eliminating the need for night time working. With railway projects in particular, possessions are restrictive and can significantly lengthen projects.
“The benefits for using the system are tried and tested – the first project we used it on saved our client c.£500k. The project would have needed to be built in night shifts and only three to four possession times, which would have meant possibly three to four months of night shifts.
“With this specialist netting system, we just needed four night shifts for installation and then worked for the duration of the project in normal working hours.
“We’re currently using this new system to boost productivity and deliver cost savings in the rail and civils sector, but it brings just as many benefits in other sectors.”