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SHOCK U.S. AUTOMATED GATE ACCIDENT STATISTICS…

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…GATE SAFE INSISTS UK MUST NOT FOLLOW SUIT

A recent article in the US National Law Review – an American business law website developed by attorneys to capture legal trends and news - comments on the growing number of automated gate accidents in urban areas.

According to the CPSC (United States Consumer Product Safety Commission), 32 fatalities involving automated gates occurred in a 16-year period, 20 of which involved children – with a massive 25,000 serious injuries estimated in a similar time frame. Whilst it is easy to acknowledge that the US is a significantly larger country than the UK, based on the fact that the country’s population is about 5 times greater than the UK the statistics look terrifying. If we are to follow the US trend in automated gate accidents, as long as unsafe installations continue to appear in urban areas featuring multi-unit residential developments and commercial premises, we are on track to register an unacceptable 500 serious accidents a year, with a high probability of a number of fatalities …

Whilst the gist of the article generally refers to the legal implications of an accident or injury, whether it is a claim relating to a dispute with a component part, or a claim relating to an improper installation / maintenance or simply a claim against the property owner or business who failed observe their duty of care responsibility ie to warn people of the existence of a known hazardous condition, surely the most worrying aspect of this article is the sheer volume of accidents.

We have an opportunity to put a stop to the UK following suit to this deeply concerning endemic spread of accidents.

Act now. Make sure any gate that you use or have a responsibility for has been installed by, and is regularly maintained by a Gate Safe Aware installer. Look out for the Gate Safe Aware installer MOT which provides an instant visual reference indicating that a gate has been installed/ maintained in line with best practice.

There is no need to reduce the number of automated gates installed in the UK. But there is a requirement to ensure that every automated gate is safe to use and regularly maintained.

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