This year’s Gate Safety Week campaign culminates in a week of activity from 9 – 15 October, when we’ll be hammering home the importance of gate safety. The 2016 campaign was a tremendous success and this year’s crusade is already shaping up to attract even greater engagement, increased support and an enhanced level of awareness. We’re hoping that if we all ‘do our bit’ to improve the knowledge and understanding of the potential hazards associated with poorly fitted and maintained automated gates, accidents – or worse – fatalities, will become a thing of the past.
Our message is clear:
Our message is simple and it lies at the very heart of the 2017 Gate Safety Week campaign: Safe Gates Save Lives! And, we’ve been pushing this message on our social media platforms and to the press. The objective of the campaign is to educate specifiers, merchants, installers, inspectors, surveyors and users in the correct specification, supply, installation and operation of automated gates and highlight the liability and responsibilities that apply to those responsible for automated gates.
The statistics behind the number of unsafe gates in operation across the UK is alarming. In recent years, there have been nine deaths in the UK and Ireland – six adults and three children – as well as several serious injuries and countless near misses in accidents involving badly installed and poorly maintained automated gates and barriers. With more than 500,000 automated gates believed to be in use, it is estimated that more than 70% are deemed unfit for purpose.
Progress and the importance of training:
Slowly, but surely, progress is being made. Through dhf’s training programme, Technical Specifications, and collaborative working, the organisation is encouraged by the level of improvement in the quality of gate installations as well as the knowledge of installers across the industry. For example, dhf members must abide by the Code of Practice for the Design, Manufacture, Installation and Maintenance of Powered Gates and Traffic Barriers (dhf TS 011:2016) which provides a framework to ensure a gate is safe and therefore complies with the law.
Help us to raise awareness:
Will you help us get the message out there? There are a number of ways in which you can become involved:
– You can help spread the word via social media. And if you haven’t connected with us yet, you can find us on twitter @gatesafetyweek and Facebook @doorandhardwarefederation.
– Our dedicated website: www.gatesafetyweek.co.uk tells you everything you need to know about ‘Gate Safety Week’; our members can also download sample press releases and letters to their MP’s to get the campaign out to a wider audience.
– A message of support. Each year, key organisations such as HSE and the British Safety Council get behind the campaign and send us a message of support for our website. Be inspired by what others have said: http://gatesafetyweek.org.uk/be-a-gate-safety-week-supporter/You can email your messages to email@example.com or call 015397 36057.
For further information about Gate Safety Week, or to lend support please visit www.gatesafetyweek.org. FB: https://www.facebook.com/doorandhardwarefederation/ TW: @gatesafetyweek