Friday, 11 September 2015

Fencing professionals join powered gate safety campaign

The British and European fencing and access sectors have lent their support to a vital national safety campaign designed to make accidents caused by automatic gates a thing of the past.

The Fencing Contractors Association (FCA), Gate Automation and Access Barrier Association (GAABA) and the European Fencing Industry Association (EFIA) have put their weight behind Gate Safety Week being held from October 12 - 18.

Campaigners declared this to be a week of action in a bid to dramatically improve the safety of automated gates in the UK. The campaign 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.

The DHF says the campaign will active engage with and educate those responsible for automated gates - owners, maintainers, installers and those with management responsibility for powered gates. The campaigners will be actively encouraging best practice in all aspects of powered gates and will be working hard to further improve standards across the industry.

In recent years, three children and three adults have been killed in gate accidents. It is estimated there are more than 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK, yet the industry says just 30 per cent of these are safe to use.

The FCA and GAABA said: “As a pro-active organisation at the forefront of supporting legislation, standards and training across the industry, the FCA and the GAABA are delighted to add our support to the campaign and fully support the DHF in their drive to raise public awareness of unsafe powered gates.”

EFIA’s Bernard J Kilbride said: “EFIA actively promotes safety standards and awareness within the UK fencing and gates sector, and is delighted to support DHF’s Gate Safety Week and its various associated safety and training initiatives.”

There is comprehensive guidance for those those responsible for specifying, managing and maintaining automatic gates on the Gate Safety Week website . This includes information on safety legislation and a detailed rundown of the safety features to look for on an automatic gate.

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