In addition to helping to educate the industry on the importance of the correct safety protocol for an automated gate, Gate Safe and FaCT are looking to explore opportunities for creating a dedicated training module which will provide guidance on the correct installation of a gate to minimise the growing number of falling gate accidents.
FaCT is one of the largest providers of training, advice and support to the fencing industry in the UK and will be working with Gate Safe to promote its Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)-accredited Gate Safe Aware training courses, which run every month throughout the country.
Commenting on the new working relationship, Tim Drew (managing director of FaCT) told Risk UK: “We’re delighted to be forging an alliance with Gate Safe, the pioneering charity which first brought the issue of automated gate safety to the attention of the nation. Our priority is, and always will be, the delivery of training which is representative of a standard for excellence in relation to safety issues. Education on the required safety protocol for automated gates will only be successful if it’s presented in a format and tone of voice which is easily understood by the industry. For that reason, Gate Safe’s ‘plain English’ practical approach very much resonates with FaCT.”
Gate Safe was set up in 2010 in the wake of the tragic deaths of two children crushed by automated gates in separate accidents. Commended by the Health & Safety Executive for its ‘pioneering approach’, Gate Safe was established to improve the understanding of existing legislation and standards and offer further guidance in ‘plain English’ to aid the interpretation of what constitutes a safe gate.
The charity focuses on raising awareness of the critical safety issues associated with powered gates among the wide range of professionals associated with these types of installations via continual training and education.