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Important safety information about automatic gates.

Following a number of fatalities caused by powered gates in recent years, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued a series of safety notices.

They identified several factors that classify automatic gates on residential sites as high risk:
• Where children may be in close proximity to them
• Where it’s not possible to instruct users
• Where the gates are used by high numbers of the public

Regular risk assessments are required for powered gates including force testing and planned preventative maintenance by a competent person.