Campaigners have declared a period of action in a bid to dramatically improve the safety of automated gates in the UK.
“HSE supports Gate Safety Week, DHF and all those involved in ensuring the safety of powered automatic gates.
“From design and manufacture through to installation and maintenance, everyone can play their part in reducing the risk of being hurt by powered gates. HSE will continue to work in partnership with industry and others to achieve this.”
Gate Safety Week is being organised by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) Powered Gate Group which comprises Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment.
HSE inspector Stuart Charles, who led the investigation into the tragic death of a child in a South Wales automated gate accident, will be the keynote speaker at an event being attended by a number of safety and security specialists, gate manufacturers, installers and gate specifiers. His presentation on Wednesday, October 15 will major on the accident in South Wales where a five-year-old girl tragically died after being crushed between the closing edge of a gate and the gate post. The two gate companies involved in the repair and maintenance of the gate were found guilty of serious safety failings and were heavily fined.
“We are really grateful to the HSE for lending so much support to this vital campaign. A number of organisations in the, safety, enforcement, inspection, education and security sectors have pledged their support and are spreading the safety message. These include Citation, Gate Safe, Secured by Design and the European Fencing Industry Association and we thank them all for their help.”
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