Electric gates are a popular addition to many properties, but few people realise that they are installing a piece of equipment classed as a machine. If not installed correctly by a professional the system has the potential to cause serious harm. During the summer of 2010 two young children died after becoming trapped in powered gates. They were trapped because;
- Their presence at the closing edge was not detected; and
- The closing force of the gate when they obstructed it was too high.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued two safety notices in 2010 giving details on the risks and the protection method needed. The HSE now requires electric gate installers to carry out a comprehensive risk assessment of hazards to anyone using the gates prior to design and installation, and for the design to eliminate or considerably reduce any risks identified.
The HSE also requires that persons responsible for the management and maintenance of electric gates should be provided with appropriate documentation, instructions for use and training to operate and maintain the gates safely, and recommends that regular reviews of assessments should be undertaken to ensure the gates are maintained in a safe condition.
A maintenance contract with Eagle Automation ensures minimum downtime during unexpected breakdowns plus:
- Fewer breakdowns
- Regular service
- Testing of safety circuits
- Fast and reliable response
- Individually tailored maintenance service schemes
- All contracts take priority over companies without this service