Risks to Pedestrians from Electrically Powered Gates

Posted: 11th February 2011

Following the deaths in 2010 of three childreFire gaten who became trapped in electrically powered gates, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) issued two Safety Notices on the risks such gates pose to pedestrians, and the appropriate safety measures that must be put in place to minimise those risks. This is particularly important if the gates are in a public place where children and other members of the public may be present. The Safety Notices, which were largely intended for use by those involved in the design, construction, installation and/or commissioning of electrically powered gates, can be found here:
The HSE has now issued a General Safety Notice to advise landlords, commercial owners or managers of properties with electrically powered gates how to comply with their legal obligations in this respect. This includes a list of the required safety devices and features, and stresses that these should be checked on a regular basis as part of a planned preventative maintenance schedule agreed by those responsible for the gate’s management and the appointed maintenance company.
The Safety Notice is available here.