When you are considering installing a new gate – automatic or manual – Gate Safety and Gate maintenance is imperative. It is important to design out any hazards so there are a number of considerations to bear in mind.
- Is the ground / road leading to and from the gate level?
- Are there any obstructions which the gate might open against?
- What type of gate will deliver the safest and most effective means of protection?
- How will the gate be made? Do any of the hinges create potential pinch points? Does the infill represent a potential trap point?
When the type of gate has been identified and the entrance landscaping or fencing also agreed upon, the overall strength of the installation needs to be addressed. Are the foundations commensurate with the weight of the gate? Are the gate posts sufficiently robust? Does the gate require any stops or brackets to prevent it falling?
If you elect to install an automated gate you will need to consider how the gate is to be operated. Will it be a hold to run or a fully automated installation? The choice of safety devices will be influenced by the mode of operation but will typically include safety edges and photocells.
Once the gate has been installed, it is vital that the gate user / owner is encouraged to regularly inspect the device to check for wear & tear / the safe operation of the gate. Formal gate maintenance by a trained Gate engineer should be conducted every six-months as a minimum.
Contact Premier Gate Automation today to discuss the gate safety and gate maintenance.