Safety net

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This article is about physical safety nets. For the socioeconomic usage, see Social safety net.
A safety net over a roadway to protect cars during overhead cable replacement

A safety net is a net to protect people from injury after falling from heights by limiting the distance they fall, and deflecting to dissipate the impact energy. The term also refers to devices for arresting falling or flying objects for the safety of people beyond or below the net.

Often, a safety net for catching fallen workers is known as a "personnel net," while one used to catch falling objects is called a "debris net."

Firefighters once used a device called a Life net which allowed people in burning buildings to jump to safety.

Safety nets can be used in construction, building maintenance, entertainment, or other industries.

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