The Health & Safety Executive (HSE), the national regulator for workplace health and safety, has given its support to a national safety campaign running this month (October 13 – 19 www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk ).
Said Jane Willis, a member of the HSE’s senior management team: “HSE supports Gate Safety Week, DHF and all those involved in ensuring the safety of powered automatic gates.
“From design and manufacture through to installation and maintenance, everyone can play their part in reducing the risk of being hurt by powered gates. HSE will continue to work in partnership with industry and others to achieve this.”
Gate Safety Week is being organised by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) Powered Gate Group which comprises Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment.
The DHF originally set up its Powered Gate Group with the encouragement of the HSE following fatal accidents involving unsafe gates. In recent years, three children and three adults have been killed in gate accidents. It is estimated there are more than 500,000 automated gates in service in the UK, yet as few as 10 per cent of these are safe to use.
HSE inspector Stuart Charles, who led the investigation into the tragic death of a child in a South Wales automated gate accident, will be the keynote speaker at an event being attended by a number of safety and security specialists, gate manufacturers, installers and gate specifiers. His presentation on Wednesday, October 15 will major on the accident in South Wales where a five-year-old girl tragically died after being crushed between the closing edge of a gate and the gate post. The two gate companies involved in the repair and maintenance of the gate were found guilty of serious safety failings and were heavily fined.
Said Neil Sampson, chairman of the DHF Powered Gate Group: “We are really grateful to the HSE for lending so much support to this vital campaign. A number of organisations in the, safety, enforcement, inspection, education and security sectors have pledged their support and are spreading the safety message. These include Citation, Gate Safe, Secured by Design and the European Fencing Industry Association and we thank them all for their help.”
The Gate Safety Week campaign is stressing that properly installed and maintained gates are perfectly safe to use. There is comprehensive guidance for safety experts, other professionals and the general public on the website (www.gatesafetyweek.org.uk). This includes a guide to safety legislation and a detailed run down of the safety features to look for on a powered gate.
Note to editors:
The DHF Powered Gate Group is a collective of the UK’s premier gate installation companies and the major automation equipment suppliers who work together to provide state of the art technology in safe and reliable installations. The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) represents all the key players in the following sectors: powered gates, industrial/commercial doors, garage doors, metal & timber doorsets and locks & architectural hardware. With the ultimate aim of maintaining and raising quality standards throughout the industry, all DHF members must meet minimum standards of competence and customer service.
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