Hatch Safety Net
The Hatch Safety Net is made of high strength polyester netting. Its hardware components are made of 316 stainless steel to withstand corrosive wastewater environments. Not only is it the most economical fall though protection alternative, but it provides the greatest accessibility and visibility into hatch openings.
The lightweight Hatch Safety Net is designed to be permanently installed and easily retractable in floor and roof openings where the risk of fall through is present. When it is closed, the net system allows people to move freely around confined space opening without fear of falling into the opening. Also, the Hatch Safety Net allows visibility for inspections and accessibility for limited maintenance and float adjustments. When entry/exit is required, the net can be easily unhooked on all but one side of the opening to facilitate full access to the confined space.
The economical Hatch Safety Net is easily retrofitted into existing concrete openings below almost any type of floor access hatch, roof scuttle, automatic fire vent or skylight. Its unique design can be manufactured to fit the custom dimensions with minimal reduction in clear opening. USF Fabrication’s Hatch Safety Nets have been drop-tested for retrofit applications where its anchor angles are fixed to concrete by anchor bolts. (See Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for explanation of OSHA Drop-Test.)
The access opening shall be fitted with a permanently installed fall through protection net system that is easily retractable for full access to the confined space; and, when closed, allows visibility for inspections and performance of limited maintenance below the net. This system shall be a Hatch Safety Net as manufactured by USF Fabrication, Inc. 1-800-258-6873 or approved equal. The fall through protection net system shall consist of the following components:
- A safety net manufactured from high strength polyester netting that has been tested and certified to meet the current OSHA standard 1926.502 (c) (4) (i) drop test.
- All stainless steel 316 hardware, hooks and anchors.
- A permanently attached metal tag with the following information: net manufacturer’s name, identification of net material, date of manufacture, date of prototype test, name of testing agency, and serial number.
Installation of the fall through protection net system shall be in accordance with the instructions provided by the manufacturer. The complete net assembly shall be warranted against defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from the date of purchase.
Contact USF Fabrication, Inc. at 1-800-258-6873 to locate a distributor of the Hatch Safety Net in your area.