In 2010 two children died, in separate incidents, due to unsafe automatic gates. Following this the Gate Safe charity was formed.
A charitable organisation, Gate Safe was formed in 2010 after the death of two children (in separate incidents) caused by automatic gates. The charity focus on raising awareness of serious safety issues associated with automated and manual gates through training and education, supported by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
To prevent fatal incidents, such as in 2010, Gate Safe travel the UK improving the standard of safety for the installation and maintenance of automated gates and barriers in a range of applications, such as schools and housing developments. Targeted at companies, such as ourselves at Copper Jax, who install any type of automated gate. Their aim is to help protect both the installers and users of the gate by increasing the knowledge and understanding of the correct installation and safety requirements.
According to a national survey undertaken by Gate Safe it was deemed that over 90% of commercial gate installations were unsafe and failed to meet the agreed safety protocol for automated gates.
Their survey included 49 sliding gates and 65 swing gates. Just under 80% of sliding gates were reported as unsafe but staggeringly over 98% of swing gates were also reported.
In light of the national survey carried out by Gate Safe it is important that any existing automatic gates and barriers are checked to ensure they meet all of the recommended safety guidelines.
If you have any concerns regarding the safety of an existing automated gate or barrier, please give us a call to arrange a visit from one of our Gate Safe engineers who can confidently asses the safety of your existing gates.
We are proud to say that every single Copper Jax engineer has undergone Gate Safe training, ensuring you can be confident that every installation we complete is safe and meets all safety requirements no matter which engineer is on site.
This extensive training covers all necessary legislations and standards of gate safety, implications of poor installations with style, configuration and safety features of different gates and their associated risks, plus additional safety considerations. It also looks in-depth at installation guidance and the importance of proper maintenance.
To ensure the safety of your staff and visitors it is important to ensure that any gate or barrier you have manufactured and fitted is completed by a Gate Safe trained engineer.
Founder of Gate Safe, Richard Jackson says, “While awareness of the importance of automated gate safety has definitely improved since 2010, when Gate Safe was first started following the tragic death of two children in two consecutive accidents, this survey demonstrates that there is still much to be done to address the problem of unsafe gates in the field. Although Gate Safe has trained in excess of 1,500 installers, we know that there are still people out there fitting and maintaining automated gates who are lacking in the appropriate knowledge to ensure the job represents a legally compliant and SAFE installation. It is important to note that many of the gates we surveyed may not have been newly installed, BUT a competent installer maintaining such gates would have a responsibility to inform the owner of the hazards that these gates represent – and ultimately to take them out of action until the required remedial works have been undertaken. We would also point out that if there is an accident and the insurance providers find out that the gate is not deemed ‘safe’ and has not been adequately maintained, it is likely that the business insurance would be invalid leaving the gate owner liable for all claims. If an accident does occur – and sadly there have been many accidents and indeed fatalities on commercial sites – the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) will likely initiate proceedings that can have a devastating impact on the business so why take the risk? Unsafe gates can kill and sadly, we have the statistics to prove this.”
Ian Ripley, CEO, Association of Fencing Industries (AFI) which is an official supporter of Gate Safe commented, “We urge any of our members who are involved in automated gate installations to take the necessary Gate Safe training to ensure that they play a pivotal role in addressing the problem of the large number of unsafe commercial – and domestic – gates that remain in the public domain. As professionals in their field, they have the opportunity to educate and inform business owners – and of course home owners – on the importance of automated gate safety and can take direct action to prevent condemned gates from inflicting injury or worse …”