Methods according to EN:363

08 October 2020

The 5 fall arrest working methods

Personal fall protection is used where there is a risk of free fall and no other protection is available. The protection must primarily prevent a fall, but also catch a falling person so that he is not injured.

According to standard EN363:2008, all areas for the use of personal fall protection are divided into five methods:

  1. Fall protection
  2. Fall stop
  3. Support equipment
  4. Rope access
  5. Rescue
Method 1.1

Fall protection system with fall arrest lanyard

Suitable for temporary climbing or short-range work. Double fall arrester when moving, single rope for stationary work.

Illustrated worker climbing a ladder with fall arrest lanyard
Method 1.2

Fall protection system with SRL

SRL with self-retracting function. Suitable for mobility needs. Available in different lengths with steel wires or strips of textile.

Illustrated worker on a skylift connected to a SRL
Method 1.3

Fall protection system with carriage

Fall protection with vertical rope, wire or rail with carriage. Suitable for frequent climbing in the same place e.g. when moving up and down a ladder.

Illustrated worker climbing a ladder with a carriage on a rail
Method 1.4

Fall protection with rope grab

Fall protection with manual or automatic rope grab. Suitable for work on a stable surface and when the risk of falling is unavoidable.

Illustrated worker standing on a roof connected to a fall arrest line
Method 2

Fall prevention system

Fall stop with manual rope grab (with or without fall arrester). Requirements for safety distance to edge. Appropriate method to prevent falling into a fall risk environment or fall risk zone.

Illustrated worker on a sloping roof connected to a fall arrest line with rope grab
Method 3

Support equipment

Support equipment is recommended to be used in combination with fall protection. Suitable for work where the surface may be slippery, not stable or on steep, sloping roofs where both hands need to be available for work.

Illustrated worker on a ladder using a support lanyard
Method 4

Rope access

Rope access is a method for vertical work on, for example, facades. A work rope and a secondary rope are used here. It is recommended to follow one of the authorized methods such as IRATA, SPRAT or CRAW. Rope access training according to ISO.

Illustrated worker hanging in two ropes
Method 5


Rescue is a method of being able to evacuate or move a distressed person to a safe place to wait for medical personnel.

Two illustrated workers performing a rescue

Skribent: Cresto Group