Safety campaigners are once again mounting a high profile drive designed to confine deaths and serious injuries caused by incorrectly installed and poorly maintained automated gates to the history books. Gate Safety Week is being held from 10-16 October and is underpinned by the clear and simple campaign slogan ‘Safe Gates Save Lives’. The campaign is being run by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), whose Powered Gate Group is designed to represent the UK’s powered gate industry.
The basic aims of the ‘Safe Gates Save Lives’ campaign are to:
*educate specifiers, merchants, installers, inspectors, surveyors and end users in the correct specification, supply, installation and operation of powered gates
*highlight the liabilities and responsibilities of those who specify, install, maintain and use powered gates
*emphasise the importance of ensuring that a powered gate is correctly CE marked and has been installed in accordance with the latest industry Code of Practice governing safety
Recent significant developments within the powered gate industry mean that this year’s Gate Safety Week campaign will be even more hard-hitting than previous editions.
2016 has witnessed the launch of a new industry Code of Practice designed to reduce the safety risks associated with powered gates and traffic barriers to as low as is reasonably practicable. All DHF members must abide by the Code of Practice (DHF TS 011:2016) which provides a framework to ensure a gate is safe and therefore complies with the law.
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI) is using DHF TS 011:2016 to audit installers and maintainers in its new powered gates certification scheme. Indeed, the NSI hopes to announce the first accredited companies under its scheme during Gate Safety Week.
More than 700 powered gate installation engineers have been through the DHF’s demanding safety training scheme, which is said to be “the most stringent” in Europe.
Hammering home the message
Speaking about Gate Safety Week, DHF CEO Bob Perry commented: “In recent years, there have been nine deaths in the UK and Ireland – six adults and three children – several serious injuries and countless near misses in tragic accidents involving badly installed and poorly maintained powered gates and barriers. Properly installed and maintained powered gates are perfectly safe to use, but it’s estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are, in fact, safe for operation.”
Perry continued: “As an industry, we’re not prepared to tolerate this situation, which is why all the leading manufacturers, installers and maintainers of automated gates are throwing their full weight behind this important initiative. We also welcome the support of the NSI for this year’s Gate Safety Week.”
Perry believes the new campaign will “hammer home the message” that automated gates in schools, public sector buildings, industrial and commercial premises should be checked by qualified engineers for safe operation.
*For guidance on gate safety, to learn more about the legal obligations placed upon powered gate specifiers, installers and end users and also find out how gates can be checked visit: www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk