Procter Automatic Gates, a UK leader in the design, manufacture and installation of automatic swing, sliding, telescopic and bi-folding gates, is supporting Gate Safety Week (12-18 October 2015). This annual initiative by the Powered Gate Group of the DHF (Door and Hardware Federation) raises public awareness of the dangers of using poorly installed or maintained powered gates, with the aim of preventing any further deaths or injuries.
Gate safety is a priority for Procter Automatic Gates, which is a business unit within Procter Contracts, a division of Procter Bros Ltd. As a founding member of the Door and Hardware Federation’s Powered Gate Group (PGG), Procter has been at the forefront of the organisation’s drive to increase the safety of automatic gates. The PGG itself was established in response to Health & Safety Executive requests, and has since worked with the HSE to prepare a Guide to Gate Safety and develop a comprehensive training programme. Procter was one of the first companies to attain PGG Safety Assured installer status, with five personnel being certified to inspect and assess gate safety.
For Gate Safety Week 2015, Procter Automatic Gates will be launching a new edition of its popular Powered Gates Risk Assessment Calculator, featuring a new facility for undertaking risk assessments on new and existing telescopic gates. The Risk Assessment Calculator is powerful yet easy to use: appropriate values are entered for each hazard’s Likelihood of Occurrence, Frequency of Exposure, Degree of Possible Harm and Number of Persons at risk, then a Hazard Rating Number is calculated automatically and the Degree of Risk indicated so the user can decide whether action is required. The Calculator also has a ‘Type of Operation’ worksheet containing a table similar to that in BS EN 12543 showing recommended controls.
Procter Automatic Gates will also be using Gate Safety Week to promote its free Specification Checking Service for architects and specifiers planning to use powered gates. Designs, specifications and gate usage information can be submitted to Procter Automatic Gates, whereupon the company’s experts assess whether the gate meets the requirements of the Machinery Directive for CE marking, and whether the gate complies with the Powered Gate Group’s Gate Safety Guide.
Other promotions from Procter Automatic Gates during Gate Safety Week will relate to gate safety white papers, powered gate hazards and safety measures, and gate maintenance.
To discuss any aspect of powered gates or gate safety, go to www.automatic-electricgates.co.uk and use the Live Chat facility. Alternatively, telephone 02920 855756 or email Info@Automatic-ElectricGates.co.uk.