OSHA’s Subpart M requires guardrail and toeboard systems on all open-sided floors, platforms, runways, wall openings, holes, roofs, excavations, and machinery areas.  Additionally, when equipment or materials are piled higher than the top edge of a standard toeboard, debris netting must be installed from the toprail to deck level to provide overhead protection for employees working below.

When properly installed from a required toprail (cable) and secured directly to deck level, some nets satisfy OSHA requirements for midrail and toeboard protection as well as overhead protection, as defined above. Once the net is cut, for example to allow a load to be delivered, it loses its design integrity unless an eight foot section can be woven into the existing netting.

See “Introduction to Fall Protection, 4th Edition” page 169.

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