Basic knowledge in fall protection equipment


Anchorage connector

An anchorage connector is governed by the EN 795 standard, which pertains to personal fall protection equipment and anchorage points. This connector could take various forms, such as a beam, a safety barrier, a welded structure, or even a temporary horizontal line. According to the standard, an anchorage connector is required to withstand a static force of at least 12 kN for 3 minutes. To reduce the likelihood of a fall, the connector should be positioned as high as feasible. Additionally, it should be as directly above the work area as possible to prevent swinging motions and to avoid hitting lower levels in the event of a fall.

Shock-absorbing device

Shock-absorbing devices are crucial for fall protection and must be either integrated into the anchorage line, incorporated within the sliding fall arrester, or connected to a suitable fall arrest block. Standalone shock-absorbing equipment is also an option. These devices are designed to limit the force on the body to no more than 6 kN. To ensure effectiveness, every component in the system should conform to EN 365 standards. It’s imperative to use only certified equipment alongside shock-absorbers to prevent severe internal injuries in the event of a fall. All shock-absorbing devices must adhere to EN 355 requirements.

Connecting device

The connecting device serves as the essential component that unites the anchorage connector with the fall arrest system and harness. It can be a sling, a steel cable, or a carabiner. To comply with EN 362 standards, the connecting device must withstand a minimum force of 15 kN for 3 minutes.


A harness is an integral component of a personal fall protection system, worn by the user. Recognized as a complete and certified form of personal protection, it must comply with EN 361 standards. The choice of harness should be based on the specific application, the working environment, and the nature of the tasks being performed.

Fall arresters

A Fall Arrest Block is an essential safety device used in work environments where there is a risk of falling from height. It’s part of personal protective equipment (PPE) and is designed to stop a fall within a short distance. The device typically consists of a retractable lifeline made of wire, cable, or webbing that connects to the user’s harness. When a fall occurs, the block’s internal braking mechanism activates to arrest the fall, minimizing the risk of injury..

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