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May 8, 2015

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Powered gate safety focus of video

DHFCont smallNationwide electric gate automation, access control and safety supplier Easygates, has produced a third 3D animation video to depict and re-enforce the core safety messages on sliding power gates.

Easygates says the video focuses on the information released by the DHF [Door and Hardware Federation] and HSE regarding gate safety legislation and standards, specifically the drawing-in risk on powered sliding gates.

The company highlight an incident in late 2012 at a residential site in the UK, where a young child was riding on a powered gate and was carried into the gap between the gate leaf and the supporting pillar, becoming trapped and sustaining serious internal injuries. The child was small enough to be carried through the gap between the vertical bars of the gate leaf and the support pillar. According to Easygates, the safety edges fitted on the support pillars failed to prevent this as they were not best positioned to avoid the foreseeable risk from drawing-in and whole body access between the moving gate leaf and stationary parts.

Easygates point out that the current standards cover force, speed and recommendations for measurements of hardware, but not the hazard of a whole body access. A formal objection has already been made, they say, and the standard is currently being revised; it is anticipated that the revised standard will take this issue into account.

Managing director of EasyGates Tony Daniels-Gooding said “Gate designers, installers, suppliers and owners need to be able to recognise and avoid this risk of potentially serious or fatal injury from whole body access. We felt that creating this video would help share this information quickly and easily to the powered gate industry.”

Approaches to managing the risks associated Musculoskeletal disorders

In this episode of the Safety & Health Podcast, we hear from Matt Birtles, Principal Ergonomics Consultant at HSE’s Science and Research Centre, about the different approaches to managing the risks associated with Musculoskeletal disorders.

Matt, an ergonomics and human factors expert, shares his thoughts on why MSDs are important, the various prevalent rates across the UK, what you can do within your own organisation and the Risk Management process surrounding MSD’s.

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