According to Health & Safety Executive (HSE), owners, occupiers, landlords and managing agents of properties with powered gates are responsible for the safety of all users and all those who may encounter the gate. Most of the advice surrounding automated gates is basic common sense – keep them in good working order, avoid unnecessary risks and service them regularly. Our general advice applies to those with gates at a private or commercial property, and official guidelines and advice can be found online with Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Door & Hardware Foundation and the accredited charity Gate Safe.
It is the owner or occupier of the property who must ensure the gate is safe, and remains safe in the long run. It is recommended you have your automated gates serviced every 12 months to ensure they are in good working order. Being out in the open, your gates are exposed to wear and tear from the weather and general use – a service will check for this as well as for any other possible issues with mechanics/safety devices or unalignment. A planned annual service helps to avoid further costs incurred if your gate breaks down or is damaged, by fixing any issues before they become serious.
Automated gates at Edgmond Manor House
Additionally, we have gate accessories that we will fit to your gate to give you peace of mind that they will not close prematurely when in use, such as the BENINCA safety beams (photocells) which can be mounted on both sides of your gates. When the safety beam is broken, it signals to the automation to go into safety mode, e.g. stop in motion, or reverse slightly then stop. We also fit pressure or safety edges which prevent things becoming trapped in joints and joins around the gate, which are especially useful for protecting fingers and clothing.
Other common sense tips include watching children and animals around the gates – even with safety features to stop accidents, the gates are heavy and strong. Also ensure automation and mechanics are kept clear and free of debris to ensure they are in perfect working order all the time.
Business Owner Responsibilities
If your automated gates are at a commercial property rather than your home, there are additional guidelines that your gates have to adhere to. This includes your usual health and safety checks and tests, including regular risk assessments, force testing and planned maintenance. By industry standards, gates at a commercial property should be serviced every 6 months. This is to ensure all parts and automation is in working order, and planned maintenance reduces the hassle and cost of call outs for any unknown problems further down the line.
There are a number of legislations and laws which determine what your responsibilities are as an employer, including the Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974, which is detailed on the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) website.
Our Responsibilities & Guarantees
The design, manufacture and installation of your gates is our responsibility. We consider all the logistics of gate design and installation, including any slopes around the gate, the stability of mountings and foundations, and the automation system installed. Electric gates must be installed by a trained professional.
As an electric gate manufacturer and supplier, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) outline that it is our responsibility to ensure powered gates are: properly designed, manufactured to safety standards by law, supplied with complete documentation and installed and maintained by competent contractors.
Because gates are classed as machinery, whether they’re swing gates or sliding gates, they must be CE marked and be accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity – there’s no need for our customers to worry about this as at The UK Electric Gate Company we sort all the paperwork for you.
We can arrange a planned maintenance schedule for your annual or biannual services. For more specific advice on gates from The UK Electric Gate Company, call us on 01743 455892 or fill out our enquiry form.