A national safety campaign set up in the wake of the deaths of two young children in separate automated gate accidents in 2010 hosted a Summit in London on 8th February 2012, designed to educate professionals involved in the automated gate installation process. Gate Safe has campaigned tirelessly for the need for improved standards in automated gate safety following the tragedies of 2010 which have been followed by two further near miss accidents involving children. Further damming evidence to support the continued call for action to improve safety standards is witnessed in a new survey undertaken by Gate Safe which revealed that in a random audit* of gates, 90% failed to comply with the current safety guidelines – once again demonstrating the high risk of further accidents occurring.
The Summit - which attracted over 90 delegates spanning architects, health & safety managers, surveyors, installers and various trade & safety organisations, including RoSPA, as well as MP Damian Collins - also revealed the news of an upcoming brand new training programme, which Gate Safe is working on, together with IOSH, (Institution of Occupational Safety & Health - the world's biggest professional health and safety membership organisation) to achieve accreditation.
The Gate Safe Summit 2012 was held at The RIBA, London W1 and unlike other gate safety initiatives, invited a broad cross section of professionals involved in the gate installation process. Gate Safe has always advocated that there is a requirement to ensure a 360o awareness / education programme which targets EVERYONE (from the specifier, manufacturer, constructor and installer) involved in the installation of an automated gate, if progress is to be made. Presentations were heard from the Health & Safety Executive, IOSH, Door & Hardware Federation (the trade body responsible for improvements in the technical guidelines for automated gate safety) and legal firm Thomson, Snell & Passmore.
Commenting on the Summit, Richard Jackson, CEO Jacksons Fencing and founder of Gate Safe says “We are delighted to have received such a positive response to the Summit. Our first Summit meeting back in 2010 was a debating forum designed to identify the way forward to improve standards in gate automation. The 2012 Summit is very much about spreading the word to professionals involved in the gate automation sector to educate them on how to ensure a SAFE automated gate – both in relation to new installations and the many dangerous gates currently in the field which were installed prior to the existing regulations. We have been working closely with IOSH since our inaugural Summit and are developing a training programme designed to create a charter of Gate Safe accredited installers who will only be allowed to operate using the Gate Safe logo if they have completed a comprehensive training course to ensure a thorough understanding of the best practice in relation to gate safety. Our aim has always been simple, to prevent any further unnecessary accidents and we hope this will go some way towards achieving that goal”.
For more information on the Gate Safe campaign, visit www.gate-safe.co.uk.