Walkabout Platform System

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Walkabout Platform System

TAP – Tensioned Access Platforms is a general term now used for what was previously referred to as Work Position Netting, Work Platform Nets, or Walk on Nets.  This system has become recognised as a safe and alternative form of access over traditional solutions such as scaffolding for certain tasks and where MEWP access is unavailable.

FASET – Fall Arrest Safety Equipment Training are the trade association involved with the specification and testing of such systems and have been working closely with the HSE in writing industry guidance.


Over the last decade the use of tensioned access platform systems has seen a gradual growth in the UK and worldwide construction industry for providing a collective and passive working platform for light duty access.  In 2013 after the publication of the FASET Tensioned Access Platforms guidance document developed in conjunction with the HSE; specification and use of the Tensioned Access Platform Systems on main contractor UKCG sites has experienced rapid growth.

As main contractors have a duty under the CDM regulations to ensure they are competent to manage specialist sub-contractors it is now possible to rely upon the guidance and professional advice from FASET and the TAP guidance committee to ensure compliance with these regulations.  More and more subcontractors in the roofing, glazing, paint application, steel erectors and many other specialist sectors are experiencing the benefits of Tensioned Access Platform Systems in finding a workable solution at the fraction of the cost of traditional methods of access such as scaffolding and platform systems.

The Walkabout platform system is used as a primary means of safe access and a working platform for a whole range of work activities.  In many applications the Walkabout Platform system will ensure there is no need for areas of traditional scaffold.  Walkabout platform systems are designed and manufactured in conjunction with height safety manufacturer Spanset.  The Walkabout platform system has undergone vigorous testing, inspection and certification and provides our clients with a complete height safety solution for all personnel.

Walkabout is a tensioned access platform; it is not to be confused with fall protection netting as it is not designed to be fallen on to but to work off as other work at height platforms such as scaffold.  The Spanset Walkabout platform system not only provides a stable working surface, but due to the use of the mesh membrane the effect of wind and water is very low giving the workers sense of exposure to height feeling significantly reduced.

Features & Benefits:

  • Walkabout tensioned work platforms are lightweight
  • System can allow up to 1000kg load per bay
  • System allows light to pass through
  • System can span 30m between anchors
  • Minimal deflection due to nature of fabric
  • Easy to handle for rapid installation and dismantling
  • No scaffold poles or boards to damage finished surfaces.
  • Materials/tools cannot drop through the panels
  • No need for an exclusion zone beneath
  • Allows light through which benefits contractors working beneath.

High Access Solutions aim is to deliver award-winning project design and development in the work at height safety sector, we offer our clients a full turnkey solution for your project.  Please contact us for all your work at height project requirements.

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