Did you know that companies like Harrier Gates Ltd install an estimated 300,000 automated gates across the UK every year? From driveway gates for residential properties to automated wooden gates for schools and nurseries, it is likely that there are currently at least 3 million gates in operation throughout the country. Alarmingly, recent surveys reveal that over 90% of electric gates are actually unsafe and in need of gate repairs and maintenance.
The owner of an automated entry gate, whether for their home or a commercial premises, has a duty of care to perform regular maintenance and safety checks. This helps to reduce the risk of property damage and personal injury to themselves and any visitors.
And yet many people in the Claygate area ignore this requirement and only enquire about professional gate repairs when a gate stops working.
From residential driveway gates to industrial gates, bollards and barriers, gate automation solutions pose a health and safety risk without the proper care and maintenance. In fact, the industry estimates that over 66% of all automated gates do not even comply with the current legislation.
Thanks to our expertise in the installation and repair of all manner of electric gates, including metal and wooden gates, we know everything there is to know about the proper safety standards of automated gate systems.
As a Gate Safe-accredited company, we understand that automated gates must:
Include a separate pedestrian access gate and, if necessary, a pedestrian guard rail. While the guard rail is not necessary for driveway gates in homes around Claygate, they may be a requirement for commercial and industrial properties
Comply with the current EU Machinery Directive 98/37/EC. They must also have a CE mark to show that they are subject to a European product safety Directive. While electric gates in the Claygate area without the CE mark may be safe, they are not legal. Gate automation products like electric wooden gates must also have a Declaration of Conformity
Have support from at least two kinds of safety features. These typically include photo cells, safety edges and force limitation. To ensure the highest level of safety, we recommend including safety edges and photo cells regardless of whether or not you have installed a force limitation device with your automated gate system
Undergo regular maintenance at least every six months and, if necessary, extensive gate repairs. This is the most effective way to ensure safety compliance
Feature the appropriate signage to warn visitors of gate automation
At Harrier Gates Ltd, we perform a comprehensive risk assessment on all existing gate automation systems, such as driveway gates and electric wooden gates.
Our expert personnel are more than happy to come to your home in the Claygate area to perform safety checks, maintenance works and gate repairs. This will help to ensure that your electric gates meet with the strictest safety standards.
After all, it is not always immediately obvious to the untrained eye that an automated gate is unsafe.
Furthermore, as a sign of our commitment to gate safety, we offer a 12-month guarantee on all newly installed parts and labour, for your peace of mind.
If you are looking for a professional gate automation company you can rely on, look no further than Harrier Gates Ltd. We have the experience, knowledge and personnel to handle any job, small or big.