Schools out, gate maintenance is in!

Schools out, gate maintenance is in!

The holidays represent 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.

In addition to any significant building projects, the longer breaks are also when routine maintenance of the building takes place.  Within this schedule of works, any schools which feature automated gates should consider undertaking an up to date risk assessment in addition to the…

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New British Standard for automated gates

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.

Based on A&E data, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has suggested that around 40,000 serious accidents…
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Pressure Edges - the standard in plain English

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…

In our opinion, a standard which is not only written in a language that few would identify with but one which is 55 pages long, is unlikely to be read, yet alone understood and adhered to by the average installer – as is the case with the BS EN 13856…

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Plain English v technical jargon - what would you choose?

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.

Following the guidance set down in the formal British Standards which provides the basis for any risk assessment, is widely acknowledged as the correct route to take towards achieving a safe gate. The question is, does every installer have…
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Electricians at risk

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. 

In a bid to ‘help out’ or even just ‘earn a bit of extra cash’ the electrician could not only be putting people’s lives in jeopardy, he could also find…
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Selling or buying a property with an automated gate?

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.

The initial response to either buying or selling…

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Potential killer in the garden

Potential killer in the garden
Investing in an automated gate? Don’t introduce a potential killer into the garden…

Spring represents a great opportunity to spend some time deciding on your plans for 2017 and, generally includes identifying and prioritising any key improvements that are required for the home. If part of your budget includes investing in an automated gate to enhance home security – as well as deliver a boost of kerb appeal to your property - Gate Safe urges you to think carefully before you part with any…
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