What is a Risk Assessment?

Our risk assessment is an inspection on an automated gate or rising arm barrier, which is undertaken on site to identify any potential risks to people when the gate is in operation.

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Why Complete a Risk Assessment?

The HSE recommends that every site has a full risk assessment completed and any recommendations made are acted upon. Company Directors are liable for injuries, deaths or other RIDDOR issues that are investigated by the HSE in relation to gates operated by their company or organisation. Residential homes with automated gates are not liable in the same way. However, if children live at or are visitors to the home, would you not want the peace of mind that your gates are safe? If an accident involving an automated gate does occur, it is important to note that the last gate company who attended the gate will also be investigated. If the gate is found to have been non-compliant, the Directors of the gate company could be prosecuted. Therefore it is very likely that gates that are found to be non-compliant but are otherwise fully operational will be switched off and left open, reducing site security.

What action is needed if my Gate is non-compliant?

A non-compliant gate should never be operated. Assuming the gate has been switched off and left open by the gate company, the legal responsibility has now been transferred to the owner of the gate. You should now seriously consider completing a Safety Upgrade. Pearly Gate will provide advice and quotations as part of their comprehensive risk assessment service. We are also happy to undertake price reviews of risk assessments and quotations submitted by other companies as part of our customer care program.

What will a Risk Assessment look for?

    1. Crushing
    2. Impact
    3. Shearing
    4. Drawing-in
    5. Entrapment
    6. Cutting
    7. Hooking
    8. Trip Hazard

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What will a Gate Assessment Include?

As a risk assessment is a site specific report, the process would normally include the following: –

    1. A technical list of the key components installed
    2. Which safety devices are installed and if they are operational
    3. A nine-point force test report
    4. Photographs of the gate and areas of concern
    5. Key physical measurements
    6. All hazards identified and supported by photographs
    7. Appropriate risk control measures
    8. A certificate of compliance if the gate is deemed compliant
    9. Safety Upgrade Quotation if the gate is non-compliant
    10. Supporting general safety advice

How often does a Risk Assessment need to be done?

A site specific risk assessment needs to be completed only once for each automated gate.However, should there be a major change at site, such as the construction of a wall behind the gate creating a potential new crush zone; then a new or revised risk assessment should be completed. It is also possible that your company policy requires that it is reviewed periodically.