Cova Security Gates were proud to have played an key part in raising the awareness of the importance of the safety of powered automated gates in the UK as part of GATE SAFETY WEEK, which is organised yearly by the Door & Hardware Federation’s Powered Gate Group (DHF). Their campaign ran from 5th – 15th October 2017.
Celebrating 30 years of designing, manufacturing and installing perimeter security we supported the national campaign by alerting businesses and companies who have powered automated gates the risks associated with unchecked automated gates.
As part of this campaign, we produced a dedicated video for #GateSafetyWeek higlighting our Cova Care maintenance and service team with the aim of pointing out the potential dangers that powered gates can cause if they are not correctly maintained and serviced by a qualified engineer.
DHF have advised that more than two thirds of all automated gates installed in the UK do not comply with the latest legislation and could pose a serious safety risk, and that unsafe installations are still being carried out by unqualified installers and gate companies who are quite willing to take dangerous short cuts in both gate manufacture and installation.
As part of this awareness campaign, Cova offered to conduct FREE GATE SAFETY CHECKS on local businesses (and schols) powered gates and barriers in the Manor Royal, Crawley area. The offer was valid during the safety week and expired 1st November 2017.
As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers, installers and maintainers of powered automatic gates and gate automation equipment, Cova are members of the DHF Powered Gate Group. In addition, DHF partnered with a number of influential organisations in the safety, enforcement, inspection, education and security sectors who lent their support to this important campaign.
Background To ‘Gate Safety Week:
The DHF set up its Powered Gate Group on behalf of the UK gate automation industry with encouragement from the Health & Safety Executive following the tragic deaths of two young children in accidents involving powered gates. It has developed extensive safety guidance which is followed by all responsible automatic gate installers including Cova.
It runs a diploma based training course which covers all aspects of safe gate installation which is recognised as the most stringent gate safety training course in Europe for which all Cova engineers have completed.
DHF have advised that around 70% of existing powered gate installations proving to be non-compliant, and that both householders and businesses are responsible for their powered gates and must take the safety of them very seriously.
Cova are fu lly supporting Gate Safety Week to raise awareness of the dangers that powered gates pose, and are offering to conduct inspections and make recommendations on how to make their existing powered gates safe.
For more information on this important campaign, head on over to http://www.dhfonline.org.uk/gate-safety-week.htm