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What’s the Difference in Debris? An Ultimate Guide

Debris Netting Rolls

Debris netting is common on construction sites to secure the sides of buildings. This mechanism prevents objects from falling several feet and injuring an individual. Being struck by a falling object accounts for 10% of workplace deaths.

A World Without Debris Netting

  • Without debris netting, many more accidents and injuries would occur. Pedestrians and construction workers are at risk for injury without the proper prevention.
  • Product loss would be at an all time high.
  • Productivity on construction sites would be minimal-they would be more difficult to navigate.
  • Contamination of debris on the streets could be a tripping and safety hazard.

Debris Netting: Guide

There are two effective types of debris netting for any practical setting. A fine mesh with a 1/16 inch opening can prevent small debris from falling. A mesh with a 1/4 inch opening ensures that larger pieces of debris do not fall. Both sizes meet NFPA 701 Method II and Boston Fire Marshall fire retardant standards.

Debris netting consists of high density polyethylene and can withstand falling materials. There are many different uses for debris netting. Whenever used as a panel on the side of a building, this netting can act as a barrier to prevent debris from falling. Whenever paired with fall safety netting, debris prevents products and tools from falling.

  • Popular among construction sites, debris netting saves lives whenever installed.
  • Given its lightweight structure, debris netting is flexible even in cold weather.
  • For larger structures requiring more coverage, debris netting rolls are a practical solution.
Falling debris hazard

Large projects utilizing debris rolls have different options for attachment. These attachment points include:

  • Secure clips
  • Bungee clips
  • Scaffolding clips
  • Zip ties

Attachment points in the debris netting rolls are the button holes that are every 3 inches on the roll. This allows easy installation and available secure points no matter which securing product is being used.

Another option would be to enhance the integrity of the netting with a two inch webbing border. An ideal reusable solution to a scaffolding site would be debris netting panels. Bungee clips or zip ties can attach to the grommets spaced every eighteen inches. Easy installation and a long-term debris solution is possible with each custom panel.

Debris Net Installation

OSHA Regulations

In addition to wearing hardhats each employee on a scaffold shall be provided with additional protection from falling hand tools, debris, and other small objects through the installation of toeboards, screens, or guardrail systems, or through the erection of debris nets, catch platforms, or canopy structures that contain or deflect the falling objects. When the falling objects are too large, heavy or massive to be contained or deflected by any of the above-listed measures, the employer shall place such potential falling objects away from the edge of the surface from which they could fall and shall secure those materials as necessary to prevent their falling.

A canopy structure, debris net, or catch platform strong enough to withstand the impact forces of the potential falling objects shall be erected over the employees below.


  • Debris netting is an essential component of any construction site.
  • Debris netting prevents falls and promotes safety for employees and pedestrians.
  • A solution to occupy large spaces and heavy use would be the 1/16 inch netting rolls.
  • A solution to occupy large spaces and handle larger debris would be the ¼ inch netting rolls.
  • Debris netting panels use grommets as attachment points and have a two inch border. The border increases product durability and makes installation more efficient.
Debris Net Attachment Tools

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