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POWERED GATE SAFE DESIGN AND INSTALLATION GUIDE

New guide to gate safety published with HSE backing after child fatalities

A comprehensive guide to powered gate safety has been published and adopted as best-practice technical guidance by a campaign to improve automated gate safety.

The DHF Guide to Gate Safety Legislation and Standards:

  • summarises current legislation and standards to help gate providers, installers and property and building professionals understand how to meet their safety obligations; and
  • lists all standards that contain requirements for various aspects of powered gate performance and design, and makes recommendations on current safety solutions. A new standard is due to be published in 2013.

Head of HSE’s services, transport and safety unit Nick Ratty, said:

“The Health and Safety Executive was consulted in the production of this publication and endorses the sensible advice to installers on managing the risks from powered gates set out in the guidance.”

Every current and future gate in the UK can be made safe

The guide published by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) was produced in consultation with the Gate Safe Campaign set up following the death of two children in separate automated gate incidents in June and July 2010.

The DHF
Chairman Andy Holz said:

“The DHF has long experience in setting safety standards for automated doors in other industry sectors, such as powered garage doors. Much of that technical expertise is transferrable to the powered gate sector.

This means that powered gate manufacturers and installers can tap into a rich source of technical knowledge and practical information on compliance with safety legislation.

Our new guide will help ensure every current and future gate installation in the UK can be made safe and comply with the law, and that the risk of death or injury due to inadequate manufacturing and installation will be dramatically reduced.”

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