An ELECTRICAL company has been fined €20,000, with prosecution costs of over €12,000, for failing to carry out the necessary search for the electric rolling gate which fell and fatally injured a security officer. 44-year-old security guard in County Meath, Ireland. 2016.
The guard was crushed to death by the one-ton door after trying to close it manually when the electric motor failed.
This tragic case once again underscores the importance of understanding the correct protocol for installing and maintaining an electric gate – and adhering to what is now recognized as best practice.
The door in question did not have metal striker plates which would have prevented excessive movement and ultimately prevented the heavy structure from falling. Additionally, a proper slamming end post would also have provided a back-up safety feature in case the gate left the sliding track.
Training on how to place an electric gate in manual operation or switch it back to fully automated mode should always be included in the official handover of a completed installation – and this should also be achievable without risk of injury.
Commenting on the court case, Gate Safe founder Richard Jackson said: “Unfortunately, since that horrific accident in 2016, we are aware of at least six other cases of doors falling causing significant injury, including one death and in in the year preceding this incident, there were five other accidents, two of which were fatal.
“This appalling outcome could so easily have been avoided had the door been properly installed and maintained, in our view the accident is yet another painful example of ignorance or apathy, neither of which can be taken as an excuse. valid or acceptable – and neither capable of providing any degree of comfort to the victim’s family.All automated gates and barriers must be installed and maintained by a trained and competent installer who has undergone the required training to understand the risks associated with these “machines”. in an appreciation of the action required to overcome any problem that jeopardizes the safety of persons using or assuming responsibility for opening and closing gates.All installers – and their employers – have the duty to ensure that their training remains up to date.The fine imposed is nothing compared to the life sentence imposed on the relatives of the victim.
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