We are still finding issues with automatic gates following several serious incidents involving children being crushed which were widely reported in the press.
Specific hazards to consider are crushing hazards presented at both ends of the gate, i.e. not only at the leading edge.
What do you need to do? There are a number of things you can do:
- Does the gate meet the current standards, especially in relation to the closing force, the installer should be able to confirm.
- Are effective sensors provided to detect someone in the crushing zone and stop the gate closing.
- Is effective guarding provided to prevent some being crushed at the other end of the gate, ie when the gate opens.
- Is the gate regularly maintained by a competent contractor and are records available to support this.
- Are all these points included in your risk assessment.
For further information click on the following link detailing the risks to pedestrians from crushing zones on electrically powered gates.