Procter Lead the Way in Automatic Gate Safety

There is a legal requirement to ensure that all powered automatic gates are safe.  However, the reality is that some gates are manufactured and installed in the UK which do not fully meet these legal requirements and are potentially hazardous to users.  Procter Automatic Gates is a leader in gate safety and our reputation is widely recognised.  Jeremy Procter, the Managing Director has been involved with the Powered Gate Group of the DHF (Door and Hardware Federation) since its foundation, and the group has developed and promoted the UK's most comprehensive accredited gate safety training programme for installers.  Procter Machine Guarding, another division of Procter Bros Ltd., is one of the leaders in the field machine safety; find out more about machine safety at the Procter Machine Guarding website. 

Gate Safety Starts with a Risk Assessment

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Although there are a number of consistent factors that need to be taken into account for automatic gate safety, whether for sliding, swing, bi-folding or telescopic gates, an absolutely fundamental aspect of the process is that we carry out a thorough site-specific risk assessment.  This assessment is based on the particular site requirements and takes into account who and how many people will be using the gate, how the gate will be operated, the gate location, the frequency of use, and the type of gate and its design.  We will then go on to determine the necessary safety features required and how and where they are used; typically these would include the following safety measures:

Typical Automatic Gate Hazards: 

  1. Crushing
  2. Shearing
  3. Drawing-in
  4. Cutting
  5. Entanglement
  6. Trapping

Typical Automatic Gate Safety Measures

It is always better and more cost-effective to design-out hazards where possible, but there will be some hazards for which safety measures are required.  Typically these may include: 

  • 'Safe edges' which will immediately cause the gate motion to be reversed if the 'edge' comes into contact with a person or object
  • Light beams which, when broken (by a person or object such as a vehicle), will immediately cause the gate motion to be reversed
  • Fencing around the run-back area where applicable
  • Warning signs
  • Flashing light/sound alarm
  • Operator/User Training
Lightbeams to detect a person or vehicle
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Also see our accreditation and standards for automatic gates.  

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