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Majority of automated gates do not meet safety guidelines

Majority of automated gates do not meet safety guidelines
The majority of automated gates do not comply with current safety regulations, according to new research by campaign group Gate Safe.

Members of the organisation found that out of 50 gates surveyed only five per cent currently met the standards issued in 2010. Despite this, nearly 70 per cent did not have any safety measures in place.

At a summit of 90 delegates, including architects, investors and health and safety officers, the campaign group explained that more steps needed to be taken to ensure that customers know the risks involved when buying an automated gate.

Gate Safe believes that installers need to undertake an education programme to maintain that no injuries are caused as a result of the devices.

Richard Jackson, chief executive of Jackson's Fencing, said: "Our aim has always been simple: to prevent any further unnecessary accidents and we hope this will go some way towards achieving that goal."

The organisation was set up in 2010 following the death of two children after being crushed by automated gates.

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Date: 17/02/2012 15:00:00

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