Here at Metal Gates Direct we take your safety very seriously and for this reason do not feel comfortable selling automatic gate operators to the general public as there are lots of safety considerations you need to make prior to installation. We believe homeowners are not qualified to carry this out in a comprehensive manner however are we are happy to offer help and advice on what you should expect from any company offering to automate your existing gates or offering to supply and fit a new set of gates for you.
When is a gate not just a gate? Once it is fitted with some form of automation device it is no longer simply classed as a gate but a machine. As such there numerous pieces of legislation in place to protect you from harm, injury and in some recent cases death.
Here we take a look at some of this legislation.
According to the European Machinery directive 98/37/EC any automatic gate must be CE marked to show conformity to the required standard. Although this is a European wide piece of legislation the law that covers us here in the UK is the Supply of Machinery (Safety) regulations 1992.
This legislation outlines that any automated gate is classed as a machine and as a result must be able to meet specific requirements within a given standard and must then be CE marked as proof of compliance. The CE marking should be clearly attached to the gate with details of unique reference numbers and names of the installers.
What are the standards that apply to electric gates?
In conjunction with the above standards there are also requirements to be met under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.
CE marking should be carried out by the person automating the gates.
To demonstrate compliance with the latest guidance it is essential that a technical file is compiled and provided to the end user of the gates as this will serve as a record of the installation in the event of an accident. Within this file there should be information such as;