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Gate death prosecution precedes Gate Safety Week

10 October 2016

Further emphasis on the importance of the need to improve safety levels was provided by a court case in Wales on 7 October.

The case, held last Friday at Cardiff Crown Court, has been used to highlight Gate Safety Week, which starts today and runs until 16 October.

A breach of the Health and Safety at Work, etc, Act (1974) was admitted by AF Blakemore and Son, following the death of a delivery driver pinned beneath a 300kg steel gate when it collapsed at the company's Newport premises.

The court head that the company had failed to correctly maintain the gates and gateposts on site to ensure they were in correct working order.

AF Blakemore, of Agincourt Street, Newport, was fined £500,000 with costs of over £108,000.

Gate Safety Week is organised by the Door & Hardware Federation (DHF), which is campaigning for higher standards of safety for automated gates and barriers.

DHF chief executive officer Bob Perry described the Newport incident as "tragic" but stated that the size of the penalty awarded "is a welcome sign that the courts are coming down hard on organisations who put human life at risk by having unsafe gates".

He further stated that six adults and three children have been killed in accidents involving "badly installed and poorly maintained powered gates and barriers in the UK and Ireland in recent years".

Mr Perry also emphasised the estimate that just 30% of UK automated gates are safe to use.

Further information on Gate Safety Week activities.

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