Monday, 16 June 2014


There seems to be some confusion within the powered gate industry regarding the relationship between our two organisations which we wish to clarify.

The priority for both Gate Safe and the Powered Gate Group is to eliminate the risk of further automated gate accidents / fatalities occurring.  The primary route to reaching this end goal is largely reliant on acknowledging that every professional associated with the automated gate ‘food chain’ (including architects, builders, electricians and installers) has a direct responsibility for the overall safety of the installation.

Education amongst these professionals remains key and both organisations are now actively involved in the delivery of specialised safety training for automated gates.  To explain a few points which appear to have caused concern in the past:

Gate Safe and the Powered Gate Group agree that:

-    a thorough risk assessment is  a key part of the safety process on every individual automated gate installation, repair or maintenance visit

-    force testing can be used to quantify some hazards and verify control measures, either on site or in a documented type test, but such testing is not a substitute for a thorough risk assessment

-    gates should operate with the minimum force to deliver a reliable installation

It is jointly accepted that every new installation should be installed to a safe standard and that there should be a declaration of conformity with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 supported by the application of a CE mark.

We also agree that the same level of safety be applied to existing installations whenever any work is done or a maintenance contract is entered into and that the industry needs to have clear understanding on how best to approach the issue of old and possibly unsafe installations. 

In the interest of public safety, both Gate Safe and the Powered Gate Group continue to work alongside each other in pursuit of a common shared goal.  As agreed at an original Gate Safe Steering Group meeting (15.4.11), attended by the HSE and the DHF, Gate Safe is committed to focusing on building awareness amongst all professionals involved in the industry, while  a prime objective of the Powered Gate Group is to provide a substantially enhanced level of training.

We trust this open statement deals with any of your concerns and reaffirm our pledge to be united in the crusade for improved standards of safety for automated gates.

***** Don't Miss the Latest News - Receive these Posts by Email *****

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner

* Read more current and archived articles on our dedicated website *

Low Cost and Free Publicity - Your company can easily benefit from some publicity like this in return for a contribution towards our layout costs (typically £30 plusVAT), payable via PayPal or credit card  or receive the service absolutely free of charge if you advertise (see below).

We post articles up to twice a day and never delete them - we only archive them each year so that they continue to remain visible to search engines.

To have your story published - just send us your news item, logo and image(s) and we will review the material, make any necessary changes to the wording / wordcount and then advise you when it will be published.

If you take display advertising or product and literature features in our printed and online publications, you will qualify for regular free postings on this blog while you continue to advertise with us.

For details on features and advertising rates please contact us or visit our website.

Door Industry Journal is a trading style of Avalon Innovations LLP Company Registration No. 06807833

No comments: