The Door & Hardware Federation Powered Gate Group (PGG) has announced that October 13 - 19 will be Gate Safety Week. But in the months running up to the event, the PGG and its members will be campaigning hard to raise awareness of the risks associated with automated gates.
Said Andy Holz, the Group’s chairman:
“More than two thirds of all automated gates installed in the UK do not comply with latest legislation and could pose a serious safety risk.
“Even more worrying is the fact that unsafe installations are still being carried out by unqualified installers and gate companies who are quite willing to take dangerous short cuts in both gate manufacture and installation.
“We have organised Gate Safety Week to raise awareness of the dangers that powered gates pose, and to advise everyone on how to choose safe gates or make their existing powered gates safe.”
Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment, who make up the PGG, are all planning special events focussing on gate safety.
The PGG is also partnering with a number of influential organisations in the safety, enforcement, inspection, education and security sectors who will be lending their support to the campaign in the coming weeks.
The climax to the campaign will take place at Fencex, the fencing industry exhibition being held at Stoneleigh Exhibition Park, near Coventry, on Wednesday, October 15.
The PGG was set up by the DHF on behalf of the UK gate automation industry with encouragement from the Health & Safety Executive following the tragic deaths of two young children in accidents involving powered gates. It developed the DHF Guide to Powered Gate Safety, which has been endorsed by the HSE, and is followed by all responsible automatic gate installers.
In addition the PGG has set up the powered gate safety diploma course which covers all aspects of safe gate installation. Recognised as the most stringent gate safety training course in Europe, it is open to both DHF member and non member installers and gate inspectors.
Added Andy Holz:
“With around 70 per cent of existing powered gate installations proving to be non compliant, householders and all those responsible for powered gates must take safety very seriously. We’re confident that Gate Safety Week will play a vital part in significantly raising levels of gate safety.”www.dhfpoweredgategroup.co.uk
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