Gate Safety

In June 2010, the tragic deaths of two young children in separate incidents less than one week apart served to highlight the safety issues facing the UK gate automation industry. This was particularly the case since these tragedies followed so soon after the conviction of a gate manufacturer for breaches of health and safety law in relation to an earlier child fatality.

This guide is presented as a summary of the current legislation and standards which it is hoped will assist the industry in understanding the requirements and meeting its obligations. This guide does not deal in any detail with the legal duties of the owner of the gate regarding risk assessment, inspection and maintenance.

PDF Guide to gate safety legislation and standards found here.


Further important reading on DHF publications about Gate safety can also be found here



The installation of powered gate automation is regulated by the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations which recognises a powered gate as machinery.  The law requires that the resulting machine complies with the Essential Health and Safety Requirements of the regulations.  Guidance for the required level of safety can be found in EN 12453

If you are not fully aware of the requirements of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations, the implications of the Health and Safety at Work Act or the contents of EN 12453 you are advised to seek specialist training or the assistance of a properly qualified and equipped powered gate specialist before undertaking to proceed with the installation, repair or maintenance