The summer of 2010 saw the fatalities of two young children after becoming trapped in powered gates. These were two separate incidents but were the result of the same problem. They were trapped due to the fact that their presence at the closing edge was not detected and the closing force of the gate when obstructed was to high.
The main dangers are possible death or injury caused by crush, impact, drag or trap.
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The system is then to be given a unique reference number and an EC certificate of conformity and be CE marked with a suitable label on gates.
In order to provide a safe system of operation, the legal directives and standards must be applied.
The machinery directive is a legal requirement and must be compiled with to ensure the safety of users and members of the public who could gain access and to ensure that we ( S.A.A.) and our clients carry and are seen to have carried out our duties under law.
The HSE also requires that persons responsible for the management and maintenance of electric gates and industrial door systems should be provided with appropriate documentation, instructions for use and training to operate and maintain the gates/doors safely, and recommends that regular reviews of assessments should be undertaken to ensure the gates/doors are maintained in a safe condition.