Gate safety campaigners have declared a week of action in October in a bid to dramatically improve the safety of automated gates in the UK.
The Powered Gate Group of the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has announced that October 13 – 19 will be Gate Safety Week. But in the weeks running up to the event, the group and its members will be campaigning hard to raise awareness of the risks associated with automated gates.
“More than two thirds of all automated gates installed in the UK do not comply with latest legislation and could pose a serious safety risk,” said Neil Sampson, chairman of the group.
“Even more worrying is the fact that unsafe installations are still being carried out by unqualified installers and gate companies who are quite willing to take dangerous short cuts in both gate manufacture and installation. We have organised Gate Safety Week to raise awareness of the dangers that powered gates pose, and to advise everyone on how to choose safe gates or make their existing powered gates safe.”
Britain’s leading manufacturers, suppliers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment, who make up the PGG, are all planning special events focusing on gate safety.
The Powered Gate Group is partnering with a number of influential organisations in the safety, enforcement, inspection, education and security sectors who will be lending their support to the campaign in the coming weeks.
The climax to the campaign will take place at Fencex, the fencing industry exhibition being held at Stoneleigh Exhibition Park, near Coventry, on Wednesday, October 15 where Stuart Charles, the Health & Safety Executive Inspector who led the investigation into the tragic death of a child in a South Wales automated gate accident, is the keynote speaker.
The DHF Powered Gate Group was set up on behalf of the UK gate automation industry with encouragement from the Health & Safety Executive following the tragic deaths of two young children in accidents involving powered gates. It developed the DHF Guide to Powered Gate Safety, which has been endorsed by the HSE, and is followed by all responsible automatic gate installers.
In addition, the group has set up the powered gate safety diploma course which covers all aspects of safe gate installation. Recognised as the most stringent gate safety training course in Europe, it is open to both DHF member and non-member installers and gate inspectors.
Neil Sampson added: “With around 70 per cent of existing powered gate installations proving to be non compliant, householders and all those responsible for powered gates must take safety very seriously. We’re confident that Gate Safety Week will play a vital part in significantly raising levels of gate safety.”
Visit gatesafetyweek.org.uk for more details.
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