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Setting the Standard for
Gate Automation

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Gate Safe - ‘making gates safe’

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How it all started

Gate Safe was set up in 2010, in the wake of the tragic deaths of two children crushed by automated gates, in separate accidents. Gate Safe, which has been commended by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for its ‘pioneering approach’ was established to improve the understanding of existing legislation and standards, and to offer further guidance in ‘plain english’ to aid the interpretation of what constitutes a safe gate. The charity focuses on raising awareness of the critical safety issues associated with powered gates amongst the wide range of professionals associated with these types of installations, via training and education.

The HSE refers to Gate Safe in its guidance on powered gates.
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Why is Gate Safe needed?

Simply, to stop any further fatalities / injuries occurring as a result of electric gate accidents. Although legislation exists along with various British Standards, which provide guidelines on the manufacture and installation of electric gates, the interpretation / awareness of this information can lead to confusion. It is also clear that under current guidelines, there is no formal requirement to undertake any specialist training prior to becoming involved in the specification, supply or installation of powered gates and that the sale of such items is not limited to a list of professional registered organisations.

Gate Safe would also like to see tighter controls in relation to the maintenance of gates – this includes those installed prior to the current guidelines / legislation.

Gate Safe is also working to control the sale of DIY automation kits which enables anyone to transform a regular manual gate into a MACHINE.

Who does this affect?

Gate Safe is the first initiative that aims to bring together ALL parties affected by automated gate safety, this includes:
  • Suppliers of gate automation equipment
  • Suppliers of access control equipment
  • Gate manufacturers
  • Gate installers including electrical specialists
  • Architects
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Insurers / surveyors
  • Construction companies
  • Trade organisations / safety organisations
  • Commercial property owners (including schools)
  • Residential property owners
  • Estate agents, letting agents, inventory clerks
  • The general public

The team

Richard Jackson – Gate Safe Founder and Chairman. Richard has spent over 40 years in the fencing / gate industry and is the former CEO of Jacksons Fencing and a renowned industry spokesperson on physical security issues. Richard has been called upon to act as an ‘Expert Witness’ in relation to various gate installations.

Madeleine Moon MP for Bridgend – Madeleine is a Patron of Gate Safe and has been a strong supporter of the charity since its inception following the tragic death of Karolina Golabek in an automated gate accident. Karolina and her family lived in Madeleine’s constituency of Bridgend, South Wales.

Kaddy Lee-Preston – TV presenter and meteorologist Kaddy, is a Patron of Gate Safe.

John Lacey – John is the former president of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) who has worked in the field of construction health and safety risk management for over 35 years. John has been a champion and avid supporter of Gate Safe since the first Gate Safe Summit. As a highly experienced IOSH accredited trainer, John delivers the Gate Safe Aware training course throughout the UK.

Tammy Jackson – Tammy is a Director of Gate Safe and is heavily involved in co-coordinating the Gate Safe training initiative and dealing with any Gate Safe enquiries, from both installers and professionals associated with automated gates, as well as from members of the general public.

Carla Wessel – Carla is a Director of Gate Safe and has been involved in the charity since its inception. She is responsible for raising awareness of Gate Safe by working with key media and encouraging credible support from a range of influential opinion former bodies.

Sarah Tickner – Sarah provides valuable administrative support to the team and helps to co-ordinate the Gate Safe Aware training programme.


The Safe Gate Visualizer is an interactive tool designed to offer a step by step guide to specifying a safe automated gate installation, guided by all the expertise you would expect from the leading gate safety charity. It is completely free to use.

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Installer Training Dates 2015

Our up and coming training dates are:

25th September: Crawley

23rd October: Crawley

10th November: Lincoln

27th November: Crawley

8th December: Taunton / Exeter

11th December: Crawley
All guidance and recommendations detailed on this website represents Gate Safe’s interpretation of advice based on information received from HSE, British Standards and relevant UK legislation.

It is not a definitive statement and should always be used in conjunction with your own risk assessment of the specific site prior to undertaking any works.

Gate Safe GSSC Ltd is not responsible for any works carried out based on the guidance provided; works are undertaken by the contractor based on their expertise in the field of Gate Automation.
Gate Safe
Beverlea, Clavertye,
Elham, Canterbury
Kent. CT4 6YE

Gate Safe is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1149261)

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