Gate Automation – Safety
Electric Gates fall under the legal guidance of the Machinery Directive 2006 /42/EC.
Following a number of tragic accidents around the world where automatic gates have caused serious injuries or fatalities, it has become ever more important to ensure that an automatic gate is installed safely.
Before an automated gate is installed on a site, a full risk assessment should be undertaken by the Installer / Designer, to identify all the potential risks associated with the gate. The installer should then put in place measures to eliminate or substantially reduce the likelihood of an automated gate accident occurring. All automated gates should be installed with at least two different type of safety devices / features to protect gate users from the risk of injury or worse, as a result of becoming trapped by the gate. These can include the use of photocells (or light curtains) pressure edges or the newer 24v gate motors that have built in safety pressure gauges. However, the person who takes responsibility for installing these devices must possess the appropriate knowledge to understand WHERE the devices should be sited to mitigate or eliminate the risk. The installer must also have a clear understanding of how to select the correct pressure edges to ensure that they are capable of effectively stopping and reversing the gate when an object / person is detected. Upon completion of a 24v motor with safety pressure gauges a Force Test will be conducted with certification to confirm the safety rating.
AVA SAFE Gate installation (No MD’s were hurt in the making of this video !)
As the owner of an automated gate, you are technically the owner of a machine, which just like your car requires routine maintenance. The gate should be checked over by a qualified installer every year as a minimum. AVA Security will supply an automated gate with a warranty of a minimum of 12 months covering parts and labour.
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