Need an automatic gate for your entrance? Screenguard have been installing and maintaining secure and reliable automatic gate systems throughout the country for over 40 years with our range of swing and sliding gate automation designed for commercial grade systems.  We can also install bi-folding automatic gates, cantilevered sliding gates and telescopic automatic sliding gates where entrance layouts can’t accommodate a standard gate automation.

Health and safety is another priority with every Came gate automation system we install. Every gate system is individually risk assessed for safety and reliability and we will specify Came 24V encoder technology for rapid obstacle detection as well a range of safety devices to make your gate compliant with HSA safety regulations. Our DHF certified engineers will install your automatic gate system to be safe, secure and reliable to give you many years of service. Look below at the different types of automatic gate hazards that exist and what safety solutions you will need to have compliant gate automation.

All our installed systems also feature CameConnect that links your gate system back to our service desk so the gate can alert us if it detects any faults. We also provide a smartphone app for you that allows you full remote control over your system from wherever you are.

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Important Safety Information

Explanation of common powered gate hazard types

Crushing – Exists in any reducing gap <500mm

A crush hazard can affect any part of the body, from fingers, toes and feet, to heads, torso and limbs. Automatic Gate Hazards - CrushingTherefore, it is important to ensure all reducing gaps, regardless of their size, are controlled effectively. Crush hazards are the leading cause of serious injury or death on powered gates during normal use. They can exist in various locations, such as hinges, main edges and underneath gates.

Control options: hold-to-run, safe edge force limitation, inherent force  limitation, light grids (sliding gates), laser scanners (all gates). Force limitation means that the gate will retract on contact within the force/time values allowed by EN 12453. Light grids or laser scanners means that contact with hazardous movement is not possible.

Impact – Contact with a moving leaf outside of a crushing zone

An impact hazard exists anywhere contact can be made with a moving leaf outside of crush hazards. Impact hazards must be controlled, and the same
solutions available for crush hazards can be used.Automatic Gate Hazards - Impact While they may not seem
serious, they can cause injury in themselves, or cause a person to fall, either injuring them directly, or exposing them to other hazards on the gate.

Control options: run back enclosure (for impact hazards during opening) hold-to-run, safe edge force limitation, inherent force limitation, light grids
(sliding gates), laser scanners (all gates). Force limitation means that the gate will retract on contact anywhere in the swept area, within the force/time values allowed by EN 12453. Light grids or laser scanners means that contact with hazardous movement is not possible.

Shearing – Where a moving part causes a guillotine effect

A shear hazard exists anywhere a person can experience a scissoring action on  a powered gate, as seen in the diagram. Automatic Gate Hazards - ShearingThis can result in broken arms, broken legs etc and must be controlled effectively. It can also affect fingers, which are often overlooked.

Control options: run back enclosure, hold-to-run, safe edge force limitation, light grids (sliding gates). Force limitation means that the gate will retract on
contact within the force/time values allowed by EN 12453. Light grids means that contact with hazardous movement is not possible.

Drawing in – where movement pulls a body into a gap

Similar to a shear hazard, and often exists in the same area. Draw-in hazards arguably cause injury more often than shear hazards but may not be recognised and consequently controlled ineffectively. Automatic gate Hazards - Drawing InResulting injuries could
include broken limbs, crushed torsos, bruising and even death.Positioning of control measures is critical to achieving safety, and incorrect positioning often results in additional injury.

Control options: run back enclosure, hold-to-run, safe edge force limitation, light grids (sliding gates). Force limitation means that the gate will retract on
contact within the force/time values allowed by EN 12453. Light grids or laser scanners means that contact with hazardous movement is not possible.

Cutting – Hazards caused by sharp protrusions

Control options: removal of sharp and protruding edges, enclosures, light grids or laser scanners.

Hooking – Hazards where clothing could snag on a moving leaf

Control options: removal of sharp and protruding edges, enclosures, light grids or laser scanners.

Imprisonment – Where movement closes off a means of escape

Does not cause injury in itself, but prolonged exposure to imprisonment  hazards can have serious consequences.

Automatic Gate Hazards - ImprisonmentCan be as simple as the diagram but can be extremely serious where a gate lies across a fire escape route, where breakdown of the gate would prevent safe egress. Often exists in underground car parks, where no other form of safe egress is provided.

Control options: alternative route or manual release. Beware of restricting emergency egress routes, consult Approved Document B.

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