Insider News

CSCS cards through FASET

FASET have now joined the CSCS partner scheme. This means FASET administer the issue of CSCS Blue Skilled Worker Cards. The cards are virtual i.e. they’re on your phone!

Gathering V’s Underoll

When safe to do so (e.g. from a MEWP) the edge of the net should always be underolled to make it fit the void.  This is because individual net meshes may tear when someone falls into it. Therefore the old, out dated technique of gathering (which DOES rely upon individual meshes) should not be done unless it is considered to be unsafe to underoll (e.g. from a ladder).

Training on Soft Landing Systems 

These systems have a part to play in the Work at Height hierachy. 3 Education have been instrumental in helping create the FASET Soft Landing System course. We cover; constant air, inflatable air and filled systems. The conclusion to the course is a Blue CSCS Skilled Worker card to confirm competence.

Coupler guidance clarified

This newly published guidance issued by 3 Education clarifies one of the common myths when using scaffold fittings/couplers. 

Safety Nets do save lives

The life of a metal decker was saved whilst working on a project in Gateshead when he fell in to a safety net rigged by Ian Lee of Safety Net Services.  Ian has been trained and assessed by us at 3 Education and the quality of his work certainly played a key part in the future of the Metal Deckers’ life.

Lockdown – end of the road in sight?

3 Education continue to react to the government announcements over COVID to ensure the safety of all those we see.

We can confirm that we follow government and CLC  guidelines for all our courses and assessments.

HAKI guidance  

It appears there is limited industry awareness of the guidance from HAKI to include the use of a “suitable disposable” strap (heavy duty zip tie) when building a HAKI tower.  This is to guard against the stair flight from becoming dislodged from the landing. This is possible through excessive winds. This guidance “may” be relevant to other systems that are similar to HAKI. Installers should verfiy this.

COVID-19 and our new normal 


3 Education are dealing with training and our new normal as we all have to work with Covid-19 hiding in the shadows. Our centre has now been re-configured and systems put in place to maximise the health and safety of our visitors and ourselves. We’ll check your temperate when you arrive, there’ll be less people on your course, we’ve improved hand washing facilities, we’ll provide Covid-19 PPE and you’ll be kept 2m from others. All we ask from visitors is commitment to our new normal-it protects us all.

Changes to FASET guidance on permanent repairs 

3 Education courses are renowned for our open, two-way style. A question from one of our delegates was; “why overlapping repairs were not allowed”. We took that to FASET and raised it at the Health, Safety & Technical meeting. After discussions, FASET agreed there was no reason why a permanent repair couldnt be overlapped by another. We’ll be writing to all those that have been through the Repair course with us over the past 10 years. 

£250 happily donated by  3 Education to Masks4NHSheroes 

Those that participated in 3 Educations website quiz has meant that 3 Education have donated £250 to

Rob Harris says….” it was set out to be a bit of fun in these dark times with a positive and helpful spin. The crowdfunder finished on the 23 April and raised £2.2m. It was probably hi-jacked by Capt. Tom and his amazing charity walks!

Tying-in Stair Towers

Remember that all Stair Towers need tying- in.  They are not free standing. Follow the manufacturers instruction manual (MIM’s). All major manufacturers will state that the tower should be tied in with both standards on both sides – unlike the picture.

Funding is now available for our courses and assessments.

The CITB have announced access to monies through a Skills and Training fund. The money is aimed at small companies to help train and qualify both existing operatives and any new recruits. We’ll need to help you at some point before you apply. We’re easy to get on with and happy to help-it’s not often that someone pays for training!

what3words makes your journey to us easier and less stressful

Ages ago, we were told about a new app called what3words – it has given EVERY 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address. It’s easier to remember 3 words rather than a set of coordinates or post code. The three words will take you directly to where you need to be!  Download the app and try it:-

Our what3words address is: skunks.nesting.convinced

BS 8411:2019 – Latest version

We contributed to the writing of the first version of BS 8411. It is regarded as a clear and easy to understand document. It is the UK code of practice. 3 Education were active participants to the 2019 version. Notable amendments include; removal of the extra 0.5m safety zone, removal of reference to pinning, clarification over temporary repairs, net positioning and eaves bags.

3 Education Training Centre shows new Safety Net Rescue System

The inflatable system is ideal for those working with about 3-4m clearance below-like deckers and flooring contractors. It’s quick and easy to use. We liked it so much we hosted a demo and videoed it to share. Have a look-Safety Net Rescue System

NEW Netclaw 2 launched at 3 Education Training Centre

Shire have launched the long awaited Netclaw 2 in response to the need for a fully captive attachment device. It means that it is fed onto the border rope in such a way that it can’d detach itself during rigging and striking. Cable ties and springs are a thing of the past!  It works differently than the original, but the knack is soon learnt-have a look! Netclaw 2 in use

News on the HAKI “P-Frame” 

HAKI have published a technical bulletin warning of the potential for the    P-Frame (P-Gate or Flag) to become dislodged.  You can read the HAKI Bulletin TB/001 for more information.

Tough reassessments

The CSCS card renewal (GSA1) needs to be completed every 5 years. It is pass or fail. You are allowed to get 2 questions wrong in the theory. You are NOT allowed to get any practical wrongs. If you do, it means retraining and a further assessment.

Check out your knots

The GSA1 now requires Riggers to show they know how to do a figure of 8 stop knot. If you don’t know how to do a joining knot and temporary repair-we’re able to give you a toolbox talk on the day.

Stop knot

The preferred stop knot for attaching a tie rope to the border rope is via a figure 8 knot. A half hitch or overhand knot is not! Watch the video.

Consider Snow Loads in Safety Nets

Snow will collect upon the net mesh and stick together (like making a snowball). This will load the net and potentially cause damage to it. The additional weight of the snow will also increase the net sag and therefore the fall distance.

More information can be found on Bulletin 17.

Changes to clearance distances

Published clearance distances below the safety net (including things like plant, structure, people etc) have been updated in BS EN 1263-2:2014.  A new 3m span has been introduced.

More information can be found on Bulletin 23.

What to say when you’re told Edge Protection can only be put up by a scaffolder

The easy thing for a site manager to insist on is that Edge Protection can only be installed by scaffolders. This is wrong. The installer must be competent. The installation of EN13374 Edge Protection is not covered in the part 1 scaffolding training. It is referred to in part 2.  The FASET Edge Protection Course is based entirely around EN13374 , employs a MEWP in the practical session AND includes an assessment to confirm (or not) the competence of the installer.

A letter from the HSE is very clear…….”1. The first action was to seek clarity of whether scaffolding components (tube & fittings) being used for edge protection means that this is a scaffold or not. The feedback I’ve been given on the Work at Height Regs is that a scaffold has a set meaning and that just because edge protection uses tube and fitting scaffold components does not make that a scaffold.”

Ray Cooke, Health & Safety Executive, Head of Construction Sector Safety Unit

The easy way to make an Eaves Bag

Visitors to 3 Educations training centre are always shown how to create an Eaves Bag.   Everyone understands it on the day. Not everyone understands it a few weeks later! We have a video that refreshes the memory banks! Note: The video shows under rolling the excess from both sides evenly. You can also take NO excess from one side and ALL the excess from the other side-it’s up to you!  Three important issues; tight border rope, tear drops closed off and no reliance upon individual meshes. There is no limit to length or depth of the bag. You could also look at the FASET  Bulletin-27-Eaves-Bag

Meshes are not strong


Under rolling the excess net to make it fit means a group of meshes and the border rope absorb the load.  Meshes acting alone are unable to absorb the load and will tear. This creates weaknesses in the net and problems with rescue.

How to set the correct sag


Nets must be rigged with 5-10% sag (unlike the picture). This is for two reasons:- to ensure the faller doesn’t hit anything below the net AS WELL AS minimising the impact on the fallers body by guaranteeing a soft landing.  Top Tip…….Under roll the excess of the net until you think the sag is correct. As you are about to connect the tie rope or attachment device; STOP. Release two meshes, then attach the tie rope or attachment device. This will achieve the perfect sag!

NVQ’s – Trainees need to do their bit!

NVQ’s are all about proving competence. Proof comes in different ways. We need YOU to complete the Log Sheet to record your hours. We also need YOU to supply pictures of rigging works (up and down) to allow us to see the range of work you’ve been doing.


New questions for Riggers

The FASET training committee have just published revised GSA-1 questions. They are not difficult, Riggers simply need to do their homework in plenty of time. All questions are site related. Make sure you get a copy of  “Your GSA1” from your employer or download it from this website.



Once you’ve worked hard to renew your Blue CSCS card, please don’t ring CSCS and ask questions or chase them. You’ll go to the wrong person who doesn’t know anything about how safety net cards are done; you will get angry and frustrated!  Contact 3 Education for the email details of the person at CSCS who WILL be able to sort your problem quickly and accurately!

 Qualifications on cards






FASET have responded to customers needs and developed the training and qualification route for Stair Towers and Edge Protection.  This means that once you’ve attended a course and demonstrated good practical skills, you can confirm your competence by getting these new qualifications put on the reverse of your Safety Net Rigger Blue Skilled Worker Card.

 C Ring/Hog Ring Repairs

Testing carried out with Manufacturer Buraschi confirmed that the use of   C Rings to “staple” repair material to damaged nets performed satisfactorily.  This is included in the FASET repair course into the practical syllabus.

FASET Edge Protection

More safety net riggers are gaining an additional  qualification through the FASET Edge Protection Course. If  competence is demonstrated on the the day, the delegate is “signed off” and may apply for a card endorsement. For some, additional experience needs to be gained (hours recorded on a log sheet). We then carry out a separate on site assessment (GSA2). If all goes well, the Edge Protection qualification can be added to the reverse of your Blue CSCS  card.

FASET Stair Tower

3 Education deliver the FASET Stair Tower course and assessment.  This one day, highly practical course is delivered at our Westcott Training Centre or (by arrangement, on site). The course allows the succesful learner to be able to install any system and demonstrate competence on the reverse of a CSCS card (only if the assessment is passed).  There are now many Safety Net Riggers who hold this qualification and if the the Edge Protection Course is passed as well, the card holder becomes a valuable resource to any company offering all three services

Lone Working

FASET have made a public statement that Riggers should NEVER work alone.  This is applicable to all Safety Net Riggers :-“Lone workers are those who work by themselves out of eye and/or earshot of a work colleague, who can effect a rescue. An effective safe method of work and rescue plan must be in place”.

Blue CSCS cards

Blue CSCS card



These cards last 5 years and prove to others that you can rig safety nets properly.  You need to update your card by showing an assessor that you have kept upto date with new rigging rules and continue to rig to the standards.

This assessment is called a GSA1 and 3 Education can do this for you, on site or at our training centre in Buckinghamshire.

It takes about half a day.  You can find our more information by looking at  “your GSA1”, the FASET GSA1 and the Bulletin pages on this website.

You will have to complete the touch screen health and safety test – Working at Height Version.

Do the assessment early and don’t be late-If you miss the deadline, you’ll have to do a NVQ to get a new CSCS card.  This will take some months and cost alot more than the GSA1.

Temporary Repairs

Only two temporary repairs are allowed per net.

Each temporary repair should have no more than three broken strands in a line.

You should only do a temporary repair if you are trained.

MEWP fatalities

Sadly the netting industry has suffered fatalities when using MEWPs-typically through trapping/crushing incidents.  Riggers should read the guidance on this.  Secondary Guarding (or anti crush) devices are now the norm as opposed to a “nice to have”.

Do’s and Don’ts

Best Practice


Don’t forget – you should only ever wear a full body harness, connected to the anchor point in the basket by a lanyard that is short enough to prevent you falling out of the basket.


The sag in a safety net is important because it minimises the “impact” on the person that may fall into the safety net.  Riggers should always ensure this set between 5 and 10%.  In the early years of safety netting, this was just 10%.