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Housing association ensures access gate safety
A UK housing association contracts vehicular access gate specialist to ensure the safety and maintenance of gates used at its properties.
Automatic vehicle access gates at a number of residential complexes in South East England will be maintained and supplied with safety assurance certification through a contract struck with Green Gate Access Systems.
Estuary Housing Association is an organisation which provides affordable housing in the region and currently has seven estates which are equipped with automated access control gates. To protect residents from accidents involving the gates, the housing association has contracted Green Gate Access Systems to maintain, force test and assure the safety of the gates at its existing properties and any future developments the association undertakes.
Following a number of well documented accidents relating to automated gates over the past few years, landlords and managing agents must now ensure that gates, barriers and doors meet with the essential health and safety requirements and supply of machinery safety regulations, with all gates declared safe, well-maintained and force-tested, with an up to date technical file and declaration of CE conformity.
“When the safety of residents, families and children is at stake, often gates play a massive part in ensuring premises are secure. What a terrible irony therefore, that in the region of two thirds of all automated gates in the UK pose a massive risk to the people they are there to protect.” said Neil Sampson, Managing Director of Green Gate Access Systems.
“As a DHF safety assured company, all our service engineers have passed their safety training and are fully qualified in risk assessing gates for all of our clients. At Estuary Housing Association, all gates at their sites are safe, force tested and they can rest assured that they are going to be quarterly serviced and managed for breakdowns and repairs.”
“We appointed Green Gate Access Systems in June of this year, to undertake the risk assessments, repairs and service for our automated gates.” said Andrew Holley of Estuary Housing Association. “The biggest issue with automated doors and gates – as we know – is that a few years ago, people got hurt by them. We are very keen that the safety systems work as well as they possibly can and Neil and the Green Gate team are on board to ensure this is so. We are extremely happy with the service they have provided so far and look forward to a long and lasting relationship with Green Gate Access Systems.”