Electric Gate Safety

Electric Gate Safety

Electric Gate Safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have now issued a number of safety notices giving details on the risks and the protection method needed for gate safety.

The HSE now requires electric gate installers to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment of hazards to anyone using the gates prior to design and installation, and for the design to eliminate or considerably reduce any risks identified.

Electric gates are a popular addition to many properties, but few people realise that they are installing a piece of equipment classed as a machine. If not installed correctly by a professional the system has the potential to cause serious harm.

During the summer of 2010 two young children died after becoming trapped in powered gates. They were trapped because;

  • Their presence at the closing edge was not detected; and
  • The closing force of the gate when they obstructed it was too high.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have now issued a number of gate safety notices giving details on the risks and the protection method needed. The HSE now requires electric gate installers to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment of hazards to anyone using the gates prior to design and installation, and for the design to eliminate or considerably reduce any risks identified.

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