Principal designers: Back to basics for installing a new gate

Principal designers: Back to basics for installing a new gate

When you are considering installing a new gate – automatic or manual – it is important to design out any hazards so there are a number of considerations to bear in mind.

  • Is the ground / road leading to and from the gate level?
  • Are there any obstructions which the gate might open against?
  • What type of gate will deliver the safest and most effective means of protection?
  • How will the gate be made? Do any of the hinges create potential pinch points? Does the infill represent a potential trap…
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Applying safety via force limitation is flawed thinking

Applying safety via force limitation is flawed thinking
A number of companies are still using force limitation as a primary safety device on an automated gate. As the pioneering charity which first brought the issue of automated gate safety to the public’s attention, Gate Safe explains why this is a flawed practice.
  • As stated by the HSE ‘maximum impact / forces permitted by the standards may not always be appropriate for the most vulnerable members of society’
  • Force limitation will not deliver safety at the hinge point on a swing gate
  • Adverse…
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