24 SEPTEMBER 2010: Jacksons Fencing, a leading designer, manufacturer and installer of automated gates yesterday gathered representatives from a cross section of companies and organisations, to host the first ever Gate Safety Summit, in the wake of the tragic deaths of two children (in two separate incidents) earlier this year.
The Summit, which took place at the Institute of Directors, London, was chaired by Peter Carroll, parliamentary spokesperson for Maidstone and the Weald and the mastermind behind the high profile Gurkha Justice campaign. Tony Walker, the cousin of one of the deceased children was also in attendance along with a number of generic trade and safety organisations which included RoSPA, British Standards Institution and Institute of Occupational Safety & Health. The meeting was called with the aim of initiating a programme to improve awareness on gate safety issues, to ensure that everyone from the trade to the general public understands (and complies with the regulations pertaining to) automated gate safety.
The meeting was well attended and there was unanimous agreement amongst all delegates that urgent action needed to be taken to stop any further injuries or fatalities as a result of automated gate accidents. Specifically all delegates agreed to the following :
- to invite the government to provide guidance and put pressure on the powers that be to bring the issue of gate safety to the top of the political agenda. A letter will be countersigned by attendees of the Gate Safety Summit and hand delivered to the Prime Minister
- to write to a range of MPs and ask them to put forward an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to encourage debate on the issue of automated gates safety
- to develop a high profile publicity campaign to drive awareness of the need to ensure automated gates are installed with the correct and appropriate safety measures
- to set up a technical working party to discuss the way forward to achieving full compliance with current safety regulations / guidelines amongst the professionals associated with automated gates, spanning the specifier, manufacturer and installer
Commenting on the Summit, Richard Jackson, Chief Executive of Jacksons Fencing, the company responsible for spearheading the Gate Safety Summit initiative “We are delighted with the outcome of today’s Summit meeting. As a responsible manufacturer and installer of automated gates we believe immediate steps need to be taken to prevent any further accidents occurring. We recently undertook a review of 67 gates to see whether the correct safety protocol had been followed and were shocked to find that 0% were fully compliant with the current CE and HSE guidelines. This demonstrates the sheer scale of the problem and underpins the need for urgent action. Appropriate safety features must not only be applied to new installations, a system needs to be put in place to review existing gate installations and to ensure the on-going safety maintenance of gates during their installation life span. In general there needs to be an improved interpretation of the current safety measures in place and enhanced enforcement of the existing guidelines / legislation. We are confident that with the support that we have witnessed today, we can all work together and begin to take steps to ensure EVERYONE from the trade to the general public, understands the importance of automated gate safety”.
For more information on the Gate Safe initiative visit www.gate-safe.co.uk