Campaigners have declared a week of action in October in a bid to dramatically improve the safety of automated gates in the UK.
It is being organised by the Powered Gate Group of the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) which comprises Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment.
The DHF Powered Gate Group was set up with the encouragement of the Health & Safety Executive following fatal accidents involving unsafe gates. In recent years, three children and three adults have been killed in gate accidents. More than two thirds of all automated gates in the UK fail to meet current safety standards and could be potentially unsafe.
At a court case earlier this year, two gate companies were heavily fined for health and safety breaches that resulted in the death of a child. After the sentence, the Health & Safety Executive called on those responsible for managing properties with automatic gates to ensure they are properly maintained by competent personnel.
Said Steffan George, the MLA’s director of business development:
“The MLA has always worked closely with the DHF and we’re delighted to promote this important message of automated gate security. With locksmiths doing more and more in the realms of general security, and a number getting involved in installing powered gates, we’re keen to promote the message of ensuring all gates are safe and therefore happy to back Gate Safety Week.”
Door & Hardware Federation
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