Safety and Compliance

ACCIDENT REINFORCES THE RISK ASSESSMENT AND MAINTENANCE MESSAGE

LATEST HEALTH AND SAFETY NEWS MARCH 2015

The Mail Online recently reported

A recent fatality involving a manual security swing gate barrier and the driver of a car must reinforce the need for care in the fabrication, maintenance and use of all types of doors, barriers and gates.

This Tragic Accident must reinforces the risk assessment and maintenance message.

Automated gates as well as Manual gates that could be affected by the wind should have a means to secure them in the both the open and closed position.
We must remind owners of their legal obligations to risk assess, maintain, keep records and provide comprehensive user instructions.
The Workplace Regulations 1992 require that all doors and gates are maintained in a safe condition and the Health and Safety at Work Act imposes similar requirements on landlords and managing agents with responsibilities for access systems.

 

Electric gates are classed as machines and can cause serious harm if not installed and maintained correctly by professional gate installers. This was tragically highlighted in June 2010 by the deaths of two young children trapped by powered gates in separate incidents less than one week apart.

All automatic gate systems must by law be installed in compliance with the Machinery Directive MD2006/42/EC and supporting standards as highlighted by recent safety advisories from the Health and Safety Executive.

To aid manufacturers and installers in meeting the requirements for directive compliance, a product standard for gates, BS-EN13241-1, provides an umbrella platform for creating a compliant gate product.

For a “Guide to Gate Safety Legislation and the Machinery Directive” and a “Guide to Safety Edge Systems” please click to view the relevant PDF document below.

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