Principal designers: Back to basics for installing a new gate...

Barbican Safety Glide 2
The CDM – Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 recognises the role of the ‘Principal Designer’ as having accountability for coordinating the health and safety aspects during the pre-construction phase of a project. For an automated gate installation, this could be the primary design consultancy, architect, consulting engineer, surveyor, specifier, principal or specialist contractor. The Principal Designer takes into account any significant risks arising from the automated gate design that could adversely affect the project. Read More...

Applying safety via force limitation: flawed thinking

A number of companies are still using force limitation as a primary safety device on an automated gate. As the pioneering charity which first brought the issue of automated gate safety to the public’s attention, Gate Safe explains why this is a flawed practice. Read More...

Brexit's impact on automated gate safety legislation

Brexit Gate Legislation
As anyone involved in automated gate safety will be aware, the current legislation revolves around the EU Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 Directive…. Read More...

Fair Price for a fair gate

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Gate Safe is becoming increasingly concerned at the huge disparity in the prices that are being charged to customers for gate repairs and safety upgrades. Read More...

Schools must comply with gate legislation

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SCHOOLS MUST COMPLY WITH GATE LEGISLATION

LEGAL REQUIREMENT TO MAINTAIN AUTOMATED GATES

With the holidays looming, many schools will be looking to make the most of the break to undertake maintenance works to improve or upgrade the school buildings and outdoor facilities. Read More...

Schools out, gate maintenance is in!

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The holidays represent an ideal time for those responsible for the maintenance of school buildings to undertake any key works safe in the knowledge that this will represent no disruption to staff or pupils. Read More...

New British Standard for automated gates


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A new standard has been introduced for new or retro-fitted doors in public spaces, which has some relevance to automated gates. BS 8613:2017 provides guidance on the best finger protection devices for doors but there are aspects of this standard which should definitely be applied when considering the potential risk of trapping fingers in automated and manual gates. Read More...

Pressure Edges: The standard in plain English

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The main thrust of the Gate Safe campaign has always been to deliver guidance and training in practical terms which is easy to comprehend - rather than in a technical language littered with jargon - to help improve the safety of automated gates… Read More...

Plain English v Technical Jargon. What would you choose?

Gate Safe is a jargon free zone
Since the two tragic automated gate deaths of 2010, there is an enhanced awareness of the dangers associated with an unsafe gate and indeed, an improved appetite to understand what steps need to be taken to establish a safe and compliant installation. Read More...

Electricians at risk

Gate-Electrician-Blog
As a professional electrician, being asked to simply wire up an automation kit for a manual gate sounds like a reasonable enough request and is probably a task that most electricians would consider to be a relatively straightforward job. But few realise the potential dramatic consequences for undertaking this seemingly uncomplicated task. Read More...