What is ‘Gate Safety Week’?
Gate Safety Week is a dhf (Door and Hardware Federation) initiative; launched with the dhf’s Automated Gate Group to create awareness around the installation and maintenance of automated gates, drawing attention to specific issues such as poor installation and maintenance.
Launched in 2014 and now in its fourth year, the campaign’s objective is to educate and inform professional installers, industry contacts and the general public on the dangers of poorly installed and maintained automated gates, in addition to how to report an unsafe gate and what to look for.
The statistics behind the number of unsafe gates in operation across the UK is terrifying. Only 30% of all automated gates currently being operated in the UK are deemed fit for purpose. In recent years, there have been nine deaths in the UK and Ireland- six adults and three children – several serious injuries and countless near misses in tragic accidents involving badly installed and poorly maintained automated gates and barriers.
It is now four years since the start of the ‘Gate Safety Week’ campaign, word is spreading and we are steadily making progress in raising awareness of the dangers of poorly fitted and maintained automated gates as we always have since the start of our company in 1983.