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Manual Gate in a Park nearly blinds child.

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Five weeks after a five-year old child sustained a head injury after cutting their head on a single entrance gate at a gate in a school, a three-year old boy has been hospitalised and nearly blinded after a gate in a park swung back and hit him in the head.

These are not isolated incidents and prove once again, the importance of undertaking the appropriate risk assessments and safety protocol to ensure the safety of manual – as well as automated – gates.

Commenting on the latest accident which took place in Southville, Bristol, Richard Jackson founder of Gate Safe said, “Schools and councils have a responsibility to take the necessary steps to mitigate against any possible accidents involving their gates, and this can only be achieved by undertaking a thorough risk assessment to identify the potential hazards. In terms of the manual gate in question in Bristol, a manual gate in a park setting should always be fitted with soft close hinges, rather than simple springs, to slow down the return swing of the gate and prevent a child from being hit by the force of the gate.”

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