Super support to kick start our campaign!
At last! After a momentous build, Gate Safety Week is here and we’re off to a flying start! Twitter is buzzing with news of the campaign and the support has continued to roll in from across the industry. This is now the third year that the DHF initiative, ‘Gate Safety Week’, has run and high profile organisations within the security, enforcement, safety and other related sectors are sitting up and listening. Our objective is clear: to educate, inform and raise awareness of the dangers of poorly fitted and maintained powered gates. In recent years, six adults and three children have been killed in accidents caused by badly installed and poorly maintained powered gates and barriers in the UK and Ireland. And alarmingly, it is estimated that only 30% of the 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK are safe to use. We can all work together to improve these statistics.
A tragic case highlights the need for ‘Gate Safety Week’:
On the eve of Gate Safety Week, a tragic case has come to the public’s attention, with a company fined half a million pounds following the death of a man killed by a gate in Wales.
The sentence was imposed on wholesale company AF Blakemore and Son Ltd, on Friday October 7th at Cardiff Crown Court, after delivery driver Ronald Hayward died when he was pinned under a 300 kg (660lb) steel gate that collapsed at their premises in Newport. The company admitted failing to ensure that the gates and gateposts were maintained and were in working order. It is a tragic accident that could easily have been avoided, if the gate in question had been structurally sound, regularly maintained and inspected for safety.
It’s YOUR responsibility:
Do remember that the responsibility for gate safety lies with gate manufacturers, installers, owners, repairers and maintainers and the above case is a blatant reminder of the essential need for regular inspection and testing of all gate installations. DHF’s in-depth training scheme covers all aspects of powered gate safety including structural integrity and the minimisation of risks posed by automation and since its launch, has seen almost 800 powered gate installation engineers successfully complete the course.
Keep the support coming:
It’s still not too late to add your own message of support and in fact, we’re eager to start encouraging messages of support ahead of the 2017 campaign. Just email your messages of support to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get them up on the Gate Safety Week website. Together, we really can make a difference!
For further information about Gate Safety Week visit www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk
For further information about the DHF powered gate training course, visit http://www.dhfonline.org.uk/training.aspx