The Gate Safety basics - where to begin:
Have the surroundings been assessed?
1. Is the ground level? If not then this could leave gaps under the gate which could be a trapping place for animals, children tc
2. Is it leading on to a busy road? If so the placement of the gate will need to be assessed so vehicles aren't in dangerous position when waiting for the gate to open.
Is there room for safety photocells on the outside of the gate when maneuvering in case of obstruction?
3. Will the gate be used a lot for pedestrian access? If so, is there a seperate pedestrian access?
4. Is the gate solid infil or bars? bars could have trap points, especially on a sliding gate
5. If it is a swing gate, is there enough room for RAMS (motors) once the gate is fully open?
6.Swing gates - are the gates opening against a wall? This can create a large trapping area. If so, safety edges could be installed horizontally
1. Photocells for the inside of the gate and for the outside if on to a road or path
2. Safety edges for any trap sections - please note a swing gate has more trap points
3. Finger trap guards around hinges on gateposts
4. Warning signage
5. Flashing lights for when the gate is being operated
6. Travel stops - to stop the gate overrunning off the end of the track
7. Meeting points - help with direction of travel and prevents gate over running
8. Cavo's - this is a fall protection cable which has a gate fall safety cable and is a connecting element in case a hinge gate falls off