Electric gates come in two different types: Swinging gates and sliding gates. Swing gates will be automated by either hydraulic arms fixed to the back of the gate or underground operators hidden from sight. Sliding gates are driven open or shut by a motor which is fitted to the floor.
All electric gates are technically classed as machines. This means they have the potential to cause serious harm to persons or pets.
As a result of a 2010 tragedy in the UK, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued two safety notices the same year which outline the details pertaining to the risks involved and the protection methods needed in place.Now required, as a result of the HSE, is all electric gate installers to provide a comprehensive assessment of the risk of hazards prior to the design and installation phase. This is under The Machinery Directive BS: EN 12453.
We carry out all our installations in complete compliance with the most up to date British Standards. This is completed through a variety of methods: Safety edges, safety beams and induction loops that are able to predict the presence of any pedestrians or vehicles within the danger zone.
Once completed, all installations will be subject to a variety of force tests, ensuring the gates safety. Our maintenance contracts also include the assurance that your systems and safety circuits are tested bi-annually.