Friday, 26 July 2013

Powered gate safety group is now 60 strong ... and still growing

The Powered Gate Group of the Door & Hardware Federation is now the largest industry body devoted to improving the safety of powered automatic gates. This follows the recruitment of its 60th member since the group was formed almost two years ago.

All DHF Powered Gate Group companies must work within the guidance contained in the HSE-endorsed DHF Guide to Gate Safety Legislation and Standards. They must also put their installers through the DHF Gate Safety Diploma scheme, an intense two day training course, the first of which is taking place later in the year. Training will be compulsory for all DHF members that make or install powered gates.

The DHF set up its Powered Gate Group following a series of fatal accidents that involved wrongly specified or poorly installed automatic gates. The DHF rose to the challenge of providing an independent platform for the industry to drive up levels of safety in gate manufacture, installation and maintenance. The group is open only to companies that can demonstrate their credentials of quality, safety and adherence to high technical and safety standards.

The rapid growth of the DHF Powered Gate Group means that it now represents the leading UK manufacturers, suppliers, and installers of powered perimeter and driveway gates and associated gate equipment.

Said Andy Holz, chairman of the DHF Powered Gate Group: 
“There’s a passion amongst powered gate companies to raise safety levels within the industry to prevent any further tragedies happening. With the availability of the DHF safety guidelines, and the introduction of our compulsory training scheme, we expect to see further strong membership growth of the DHF Powered Gate Group in the months to come.

“Correct and safe gate manufacture, installation and maintenance are vital factors to minimise the chances of injury but also to reduce the gate owner’s liability if an incident occurs. Increasing our membership will help ensure that every current and future gate installation in the UK will be safe and will comply with the law.”

For more information about DHF’s work in raising safety levels in the powered gate sector, visit .

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