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The Gate Safe story

Gate Safe was set up in 2010, in the wake of the tragic deaths of two children crushed by automated gates, in separate accidents.

The charity’s aim is simple – to put a stop to any further accidents or fatalities occurring as a result of an unsafe electric gate or barrier installation.

Gate Safe is committed to promoting an improved understanding of the legislation and standards pertaining to automated gates and offers further comprehensive guidance to encourage best practice.

Gate Safe is the natural industry authority on automated gate safety, delivering practical information and training (in plain English and minus the technical jargon) to the broad range of professionals associated with gate installations, as well as providing helpful advice to gate owners and the general public.


What we do

Gate Safe has been commended by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for its pioneering approach, as the first organisation to put the issue of automated gate safety firmly on the public agenda.

“The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) supports the work which Gate Safe began in 2010 to improve the safety of automated and manual gates and barriers in the UK. We commend the Charity’s commitment to providing clear, practical and easy to understand information on what constitutes a safe and legally compliant gate.”Philip White, Head of Operational Strategy, HSE

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Gate Safe:

  • Promotes year-round awareness of the importance of automated gate safety
  • Educates professionals by delivering specialist accredited training every month to those looking to improve their understanding of automated gate safety
  • Manages a national register of Gate Safe trained installers
  • Undertakes site and desk surveys to provide an independent safety assessment of a gate / barrier
  • Operates the Gate Safe MOT scheme
  • Provides expert counsel on automated gate safety and manages a dedicated help line / publishes a range of dedicated FREE guides
  • Regularly introduces new initiatives designed to improve the safety of automated gates and barriers


Who can Gate Safe help

Gate Safe was the first initiative to bring together ALL parties affected by automated gate safety, this includes:

  • Gate installers including electrical specialists
  • Gate manufacturers
  • Architects
  • Quantity surveyors
  • Construction companies
  • Insurers / surveyors
  • Residential property owners

  • Commercial property owners (including schools)
  • Estate agents, letting agents, inventory clerks
  • The general public
  • Trade organisations / safety organisations
  • Suppliers of gate automation equipment
  • Suppliers of access control equipment


The Gate Safe team

Richard Jackson

Gate Safe Founder and Chairman. Richard has spent over 40 years in the fencing / gate industry and is the former CEO of Jacksons Fencing and a renowned industry spokesperson on physical security issues. Richard is regularly called upon as an Expert Witness and is actively involved in the Gate Safe training programme. He also regularly undertakes safety assessments on gates and automated barriers.

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John Lacey

John is the former president of IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health) who has worked in the field of construction health and safety risk management for over 35 years. John has been a champion and avid supporter of Gate Safe since 2010. As a highly experienced IOSH accredited trainer, John also delivers the Gate Safe training throughout the UK.

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Madeleine Moon MP for Bridgend
Madeleine is a Patron of Gate Safe and has been a strong supporter of the charity since its inception following the tragic death of Karolina Golabek in an automated gate accident. Karolina and her family lived in Madeleine’s constituency of Bridgend, South Wales.


Tammy Jackson
Tammy is a Director of Gate Safe and is heavily involved in coordinating the Gate Safe training initiative and dealing with any Gate Safe enquiries, from both installers and professionals associated with automated gates, as well as from members of the general public.


Carla Wessel
Carla is a Director of Gate Safe and has been involved in the charity since its inception. She is responsible for raising awareness of Gate Safe by working with key media and encouraging credible support from a range of influential opinion former bodies.



Address:
Gate Safe
Beverlea, Clavertye,
Elham, Canterbury
Kent. CT4 6YE

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Working together with Gate Safe


Gate Safe is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1149261).

Gate Safe and the Gate Safe logo are registered trade marks of GSSC Ltd.

The guidance and recommendations on this website represent our interpretation of advice based on information from HSE, British Standards and relevant UK legislation. It is not a definitive statement and should be used in conjunction with your own risk assessment of the specific site prior to undertaking any works. GSSC Ltd take no responsibility for any works carried out by the Gate Safe Aware Installers or for any installations carried out using the information and advice given on this website. All content, trade marks, downloads and images are copyright Gate Safe GSSC Ltd

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