The court heard that tragedy occurred when 56-year-old Ms Lunn had pulled into the drive, with her grandchild in the car, and tried to close the automated gate using the remote control. When it would not work she tried to shut the gate manually and it had fallen directly on top of her, crushing her to death.
Churchyard was bailed until October 30 when he is due to be sentenced along with the company.
The guilty verdict comes just weeks before dhf initiative Gate Safety Week, which aims to educate and create awareness around the installation and maintenance of automated gates, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.
“Since 2013, we have worked tirelessly to educate and inform the industry of the latest requirements demanded of it and will continue to enforce best practice through our robust training and technical standards.
“We urge all companies involved in the installation or maintenance of automated gates, to contact us should they require guidance on their legal responsibilities.”
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