Automated gates offer an effective solution to managing access control on a school site, safely containing the children during standard hours, but also restricting the flow of additional visitor traffic to protect pupils and staff.
Whilst automated gates – classed as machines - deliver an improved level of security, unless this type of installation is appropriately installed and adequately maintained, the very device intended to protect can in fact inflict considerable harm.
Gate Safe recommends the following for all automated gates and barriers which may feature on the school site:
There have been a number of accidents recorded in schools which relate to manual gates and if these installations are not routinely risk assessed, the school could be held liable in the event of an incident. If the decision is taken to install a manual gate, care must still be taken to mitigate against any potential safety hazards.
Key points to remember when installing a manual gate:
If you are in any doubt about the safety of a gate / barrier on a school site, Gate Safe is available to answer any concerns and provide unbiased, independent advice, simply call the technical help line on 01303 840 117 or email email@example.com.
Gate Safe also offers impartial on-site surveys of any existing automated or manual gates. By investing in our credible industry knowledge and expertise, you will be able to avoid the risk of costly litigation in the event of an accident. Please contact the above number to discuss your requirements.
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