Gate Safe, the charity that pioneered the move towards improving the safety of automated gates, is to introduce a groundbreaking Gate Safe MOT initiative designed to maximise further awareness of the need to ensure the correct installation and ongoing maintenance of any electric gate.
The Gate Safe MOT is a memorable weatherproof sticker – similar to the original car tax disc – which will be prominently sited near a given automated gate to indicate that it has been installed/maintained by a suitably qualified Gate Safe Aware installer who has undergone Gate Safe training and understands how to deliver a safe and legally compliant installation.
The annual MOT disc will be completed by the installer/maintenance provider offering a clear, easily identifiable visual prompt that indicates the month/year of issue, thus advising gate end users that the device deployed has been through the requisite safety checks, or conversely is overdue for a full service/maintenance visit.
Gate Safe founder Richard Jackson stated: “One of the early suggestions put forward when we first launched Gate Safe was the introduction of a Kitemark-type accreditation that would provide reassurances a given gate had undergone a relevant risk assessment and protocol had been adhered to, in turn indicating that it conforms to the required safety standards.”
Jackson continued: ” In order to develop this type of scheme, it was paramount that we had enough Gate Safe Aware installers in the field to enable a national roll-out. We’ve discussed the concept with our installer community, which now approaches 750 in number, and we’re fully confident that, with their co-operation and support, we have sufficient resource in place to launch the Gate Safe MOT. Up until now, for the untrained eye there has been nothing to distinguish between a safe and unsafe automated gate installation. The eye-catching Gate Safe MOT will provide instant verification as to whether an automated gate has been subjected to recent safety checks.”
Also commenting positively on the launch, Rebecca Hickman (campaigns and fundraising manager for RoSPA) observed: “RoSPA has championed Gate Safe since its inception in 2010, and shares its commitment to preventing any further accidents or fatalities occurring as a result of an unsafe automated gate.”
*Risk UK is an Official ‘Opinion Former’ Supporter of the ongoing Gate Safe campaign along with organisations including the Electrical Contractors Association, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, Secured By Design and the International Institute of Risk and Safety Management
**For further information visit: www.gate-safe.org