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) have now issued a number of safety notices 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.
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