Safer Ram positioning

Whilst undertaking a recent automated gate audit, I was asked if it was possible to protect against the potential issue of trapping in a pedestrian swing gate by either the ram or in the space between the ram and the gate itself.

Although common practice is to position the ram at about waist height, the most sensible place to site the ram would be at the top of the gate, provided the gate is of a sufficient height to prevent being reached by young children’s fingers.

The same principle should be applied to double leaf swing gates where possible, especially if the gates provide a public access route and are expected to experience high volumes of traffic. The alternative solution to dealing with entrapment issues of this nature is to fit an underground operator, which clearly eliminates the risk - but this will be at significant cost.