All powered gate systems, barriers, bollards and alike are classified as in-situ machines and impose important responsibility upon their owners and maintainers.
Since before the ‘Roman times’ it has been an offence to cause injury to persons, pets & livestock or damage to property. Therefore, it is no new thing that system owners should take adequate or better care of their possessions and it also makes great sense to look after a valuable investment.
Many installations were installed before the latest control boards and modern safety devices were available, so they all have an ability to be improved and made safer. This is not always something owners are keen to invest in, but knowing what options are currently available and the benefits they offer is a wise move.
The safety considerations of every system can easily change and likely risks are known to fluctuate dramatically, so owners are advised to review their whole installation regularly. Common influences include, a change of use, type of use or users, level of use, as well as environmental impact any of which may only be temporary.
Traditional methods of installation and design are being challenged and as such, what was done before, may no longer be ok to do again. A classic example is the position of a gate hung at the centre of a pier. This is now considered as a ‘High Risk’ hazard and should be avoided or have suitable protection added.
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