Fencing and Construction Training forges working partnership with Gate Safe

Gate Safe has joined forces with Fencing and Construction Training (FaCT) to raise awareness of the required safety protocol for anyone involved in the installation of automated and manual gates.

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.

Tim Drew of FaCT

Tim Drew of FaCT

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.

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Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications)

Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting.

In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector.

In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute’s George van Schalkwyk Award.

An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award.

Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site.

Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media.

Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014.

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