The Gate Safety Team

At HTC, safety is our primary focus. We work tirelessly to maintain our high standards, and make sure all of our products are rigorously tried and tested before anyone comes into contact with one of our gate systems. Our gates have been designed and independently tested to ensure we manufacture and install the safest gate system possible and meeting the EN13241 requirements.

In recent years, several fatalities occurred, due to poorly installed and maintained gates. HSE have produced guidelines and useful documentation to help you understand your liabilities and responsibilities. We work closely with gate safe and HSE to ensure that our customers not only receive a top of the range, bespoke gate, but that they receive the safest speedgate system on the market.

Meticulous research and development continues throughout our gate range. All safety parts used by HTC are class 3. Our gates come as standard with opening and closing phase safety edges along with dual height photo beams. Induction loops are also available to provide additional safety for the transaction of passing vehicles.

The following statements are taken from the current HSE guidelines:

Owners, occupiers, landlords and managing agents will have on-going responsibilities for the safety of all users and all those who may encounter the gate.

Those undertaking work on powered gates are responsible for what they do and for leaving the machinery in a safe condition, which may include switching off and isolating the power if it needs to be left in an unsafe condition.’

‘At all times a powered gate must respond in a safe way when any person interacts with it. Its design must take into account that foreseeable interactions may go well beyond normal use (children playing with it) as well as normal wear and tear, and adverse environmental influences, particular wind and rain and other debris that can impair function.

Component parts can wear and fail, sometimes catastrophically. Like most machinery, powered doors and gates need to be maintained to remain safe. Powered gates forming parts of workplaces or in common parts of residential complexes will be subject to Health & Safety Law.

What Happens Next?

Lifetime product safety doesn’t just depend on design and construction, but the way it is used and looked after, often by others not involved in the original design and construction. All of Our gates come with 12 months warranty. We offer preventative maintenance contracts for all HTC installations with a variety of call out options. During the maintenance, a qualified HTC engineer will also test all of the class 3 safety devices are functioning correctly and carry out force testing.

If you have concerns about ANY gate system installed on your site, please get in contact with our Gate Safety Team. Our safety advisors will schedule an engineer to visit the site and produce a detailed report, including a force test and photographic evidence if possible. The report will also include solutions on how to rectify any issues.

As it is our duty of care, Any gate system found to be in an unsafe condition will be switched off and locked until repairs have been carried out.