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Safety net riggers assemble, install, position and secure safety nets for a variety of construction projects.

Average salaries are in the region of £26,000.00 to £35,000.00. Salaries will vary depending on location / employer

Career Profile

Safety net riggers assemble, install, position and secure safety nets for a variety of construction projects. The safety nets are handed over to the client and provide protection against falls for their workers.

What they do

Working as a Safety Net Rigger involves installing and removing safety net rigging to preparing and operating Mobile Elevating Work Platforms. Safety net riggers undergo extensive training to ensure competence on a range of building projects.

The work is physically demanding and training in safe systems of work and the Work at Height Regulations is integral to this role.

Typical tasks include:

  • Preparing and operating Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWP), including both scissor and boom types
  • Installing, dismantling, maintaining and inspecting safety nets
  • Loading and unloading lorries and equipment containers
  • Complying with health and safety requirements
  • Working in accordance with method statements and risk assessments

Hours & Salary

  • Trainee and newly trained safety net riggers can earn in the region of £20,000 to £25,000
  • Trained with experience, safety net riggers can earn in the region of £26,000 to £35,000
  • Senior safety net riggers can earn in excess of of £35,000

Salaries typically range depending on location and level of responsibility. Self employed Safety Net Riggers set their own pay rates. 

In a full-time position, safety net riggers usually work 40 hours per week. Overtime may be necessary to meet deadlines.

Work often starts early in the morning and may involve extensive UK travel. 

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Case Study

Scott Campbell - FASET Specialist Rigger

What does your role involve?

My role involves every aspect of net installation, including the planning of each job and adhering to all health and safety regulations when working at height.

What do you like about your job?

The trust my employers have in my ability to plan a job. I particularly enjoy identifying the most effective way to complete difficult projects. I also enjoy the varied nature of the work, as no two jobs are ever the same.

What’s your working day like?

My day is hectic, busy and sometimes stressful. It involves early starts, either on site or at the depot, collecting or dropping off nets. Occasionally, I may have an exceptionally early start if a job takes me further afield. Some smaller jobs involve less than a day’s work, in which case I tend to head back to the depot at the end of the day to reload for the following day. Conversely, some jobs are lengthy and can require four or more days’ work on site.

What skills do you need in your job?

Good communication skills are essential, as the role involves liaising with site roofing and project managers. It’s important to be able to handle and manoeuvre mobile elevated work platforms precisely, as space may sometimes be restricted. Good hand/eye coordination is also key.

What was your background before starting this role?

I worked in Ravenscraig for 5 years, spent a year studying at college and then worked for Motorola for three years. I have now been working as a safety net rigger for 16 years.

What are you most proud of in your career?

I’m most proud of winning the award of FASET operative of the year 2015.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years’ time?

I’m happy in my job, but I would like to develop the rigging element of my role.

A bit of advice for anyone thinking about a career in construction?

Construction can be a hard environment to work in and it may not be for everyone. However, hard work is rewarded financially and you’ll also enjoy the recognition of being good at your job.

Qualifications & Training

What qualifications or subjects do I need for this role?

No formal entry qualifications are required to become a Safety Net Rigger although a good understanding of maths and English are helpful.

Training will be with an employer and many will favour some site experience.

Firstly you will need to obtain your Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training (FASET) from an authorised centre. Once sufficiently experienced, you can move on to an NVQ or SVQ in Safety Net Rigging.

From trainee through to experienced status, Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) Safety Net Rigger cards are available at all stages as evidence of professional capability.

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Career trends and forecasts

25,450 total people needed

According to the latest Construction Skills Network research, the UK construction industry will need a total of 25,450 Steel Erectors/Structural Fabrication people (which includes Safety Net Riggers) every year for between 2017 - 2021.  The highest demand will be in the West Midlands followed by North East, South East, North West and Scotland.

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