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Gate safety issues continuing, says industry charity CEO

31 October 2017

Gate Safe charity chief executive officer and founder Richard Jackson has issued a warning that powered gates safety issues are continuing.

His message follows a survey of more than 50 gates conducted by the charity over the previous 12 months, all of which were deemed to be dangerous.

Adding further to Mr Jackson's stark warning was the fact that 95% required significant upgrades to make them safe.

"We are still seeing on average two incidents a year where people are being seriously injured or killed due to poor safety, despite significant risk of financial penalties of more than £500,000 in some cases, civil lawsuits and even a prison sentence if a company or individual are found to be negligent," he said.

Mr Jackson continued to explain that all elements of a powered gate and barrier solution should be manufactured, installed and maintained correctly.

Once installed, six-monthly maintenance service calls and risk assessments should be carried out to make sure these meet duty of care and health and safety requirements.

Mr Jackson was speaking at an event organised by security systems and building technology integrator Interphone.

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