New British Standard for automated gates

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

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?

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

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...

Selling or buying a property with an automated gate?

Spring is around the corner signalling the arrival of one of the most popular times of year to market or buy a property. But whilst time might be spent boosting the house’s ‘kerb appeal’ and promoting its ‘spacious living accommodation’ or ‘generous garden’ to achieve a sale; causing potential buyers to wax lyrical about finding their dream home, all parties may be forgetting a serious safety issue that exists when buying or selling a property Read More...

Potential killer in the garden

Investing in an automated gate? Don’t introduce a potential killer into the garden…
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Unsafe gates - landlords & agents beware

Landlords and letting agents are only too aware of the safety requirements concerning any gas installation in a property. But what about their responsibilities in relation to an automated gate? Sadly, the same appreciation of the potential hazards associated with an automated gate simply does not exist … Read More...

The real cost of training

For the majority of us, embarking on a training course represents a significant investment, both in terms of time and monetary outlay. To justify this cost, the business should first question what the objectives are for attending the course. Read More...

Gate Safe urges gate checks in wake of Storm Doris

As the UK recovers from the worst storm of winter and the devastation caused on ‘Doris Day’, Gate Safe is urging anyone owning automatic or manual gates to check the device for damage inflicted during the recent adverse weather conditions, which could contribute to a potentially lethal accident. Read More...

How safe is your child's school gate?

HOW SAFE IS YOUR CHILD’S SCHOOL GATE?

We send our children to school in the belief that they will be entering a safe and secure environment. Read More...

Investing in an automatic gate for 2017?

INVESTING IN AN AUTOMATED GATE IN 2017?
Don’t introduce a potential killer into the garden … Read More...

Keep Santa Safe

KEEP SANTA SAFE!

The festive season is upon us and no doubt preparations are underway to welcome the big bearded man in the red suit into your home this weekend. Read More...

Plain English v Technical Jargon

PLAIN ENGLISH V TECHNICAL JARGON, WHAT WOULD YOU CHOOSE?

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...

Manual gate risks for children

GATE SAFE WARNS OF RISKS OF MANUAL GATES FOR CHILDREN

A young child left with life-long scarring to his head following an accident this week involving a manual gate with a spring-loaded closing mechanism* represents a sobering reminder of the urgent need to regularly risk assess all gates, especially those in a setting likely to attract young children. Read More...

Photocells and safe gates

There is a lot of talk about photocells - magic eyes - not being a suitable safety device for automatic gates and, although I would agree that they are not a panacea, fitted correctly they do achieve, in my opinion, a cost effective way of stopping the gate coming into contact with a pedestrian. Read More...

Getting the basics right

Regardless of what your viewpoint is in relation to the acknowledged ‘safety’ features for an automatic gate, Read More...

Gate Safety - Can you afford to take the risk

Since 2006 there have been 25 significant accidents / fatalities recorded involving large (generally) automated gates. These fall into two categories, the accident or worse either occurred because the automatic gate had not been installed with the relevant safety features, or, as a result of a mechanical failure, usually involving the gate actually falling on top of the victim. Read More...

Gate Safety - a year round concern

This week marks Gate Safety week, but while Gate Safe welcomes any campaign that raises awareness of the importance of taking the appropriate steps to achieve a safe and legally compliant gate and avoid any further accidents – or worse, statistics confirm that gate safety should be viewed as a year round concern. Read More...

Stamp out cowboy installers

Six years after the tragic deaths of Semelia Campbell and Karolina Golabek in two separate automated gate accidents and, six years after the inception of Gate Safe, the pioneering charity set up to improve awareness of the required protocol to deliver a safe gate. But what progress has been made?

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Additional physical factors influencing a safe installation

Another accident overseas has highlighted the importance of following the correct guidance when installing a security gate, regardless of whether it is powered or manual. Read More...

New Build New Risk?

NEW BUILD NEW RISK?

One of the joys of a new build is the assumption that the property has been constructed in line with accepted best practice, reflecting the use of the latest materials, the most up to date technologies and perhaps most importantly, in accordance with current day health and safety guidance. Read More...

Schools Out - Have the electric gates been checked?

During the half term break Gate Safe is hoping that schools throughout the UK have seized this window of opportunity to undertake the necessary routine checks on any automated gates which feature on a school site. Read More...

Tell-tale signs of an unsafe gate

Falling heavy gates represent a serious hazard …

There has been a worrying number of tragic incidents involving heavy metal gates falling and causing serious injury or death as a result of crushing. Since 2009, Gate Safe is aware of 18 deaths and 12 accidents, each as a result of a major mechanical fault that could have been resolved during a routine maintenance inspection. Read More...

Automated gate safety - can you afford to take the risk?

A fine of £50,000 and a publicity order was handed out to the company responsible for leaving the automated gate that killed Semelia Campbell in ‘a lethal state, when serious injury was entirely foreseeable’. Read More...

Guest blog from Trade Skills 4 U

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.
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Guest blog from RoSPA

Automated gates. Are you keeping your house safe as well as secure?

Automated gates offer a number of benefits to home owners looking to improve the security of their home, by moving the ‘front door’ to the outer perimeter of your property.






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Is there an over reliance on pressure edges to deliver automated gate safety?

Type in automatic, electric or powered gate safety into Google and you will find numerous references to safety edges (also referred to as pressure edges). Read More...

School's Out - Maintenance is in!

The summer holidays represents 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...

Gate Safety: What have we learned?

Aged six years old, Semelia Campbell lived on a gated development built by Lowry Homes, in Moss Side, Manchester. In June 2010, Semelia was playing hide and seek outside with her best friend. Tragedy struck when she tried nipping through the car park entrance after a vehicle left. Read More...

CE Marking/Technical Files/Declarations of Conformity

CE marking / technical files and declarations of conformity – the plain english explanation Read More...

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions for any automated gate owner Read More...

How do I determine if I have an unsafe gate?

With two charities actively campaigning for an improved understanding of the importance of automated gate safety, there is definitely a heightened awareness of the potential dangers associated with an unsafe electric gate. Read More...

Who's to blame?

I am getting blame for triggering the semi-automatic gate at my work and damaging a car. What should I do? Read More...

The catastrophic cost of skimping on maintenance

The recent court case where a skip hire boss was fined £20,000 for safety failings after a worker was crushed to death in December 2011 by a heavy falling gate underpins the importance of ongoing maintenance of automated gates. Read More...

Ultimate Handyman?

“ULTIMATE HANDYMAN, I fix it all, electrical, electric gates, appliances, plumbing, painting”

The above is an example of an advertisement featured on a popular online Classified Marketplace. Gate Safe’s response is, can or rather should, a general handyman ‘fix’ an electric gate? Should you trust a Jack of all trades, or seek out a specialist? Read More...