Think about a gated access system - the system uses a powerful motor to move a large, heavy gate through an open area. What are the inherent risks in this type of system?
The requirements for a safe automatic gate system installation can be found in two national organizations' standards. The UL325 standard for automated gate systems and the ASTM F2200 standard for safe gate construction.
The UL 325 Standard requires manufacturers, installers and repair technicians include, install and test several safety systems and devices in an automated gate system. Those products that meet this standard carry a UL sticker on the gate operator indicating the operator has been tested and meets the UL standard, but that is only one part of a "compliant" automated gate operating system. It is up to the installing technicians to make sure the operator and required safety devices are installed to meet the standard and that the operator and safety devices work to prevent accidental damage and injury.
The safety devices are primarily detection devices used to prevent accidentally striking a vehicle and/or the striking or entrapment of persons near the gate. Careful thought needs to be given to the overall installation to determine where risks of striking or entrapment of a person might occur and then what device(s) needs to be installed to prevent such occurrence.
The ASTM F2200 standard requires that gates to be automated are constructed in a manner to prevent accidental injury. Included in this standard are requirements for the spacing of pickets, the "screening" of areas that might lead to entrapment and methods to prevent gates from falling over.
Designing and installing or upgrading and existing system to meet these standards requires the provider you choose have the necessary training and knowledge to provide you a safe system. Installing all of the required safety devices is not cheap, but compared to the cost of damage, injury or even death, it can be a bargain for you as the end user.
Our people strive to maintain the needed knowledge and training to make sure the systems we install comply with these standards. We also try our best to make sure the systems we repair that we may not have installed are compliant with the standards and will alert you to any unsafe or non-compliant conditions we observe. If the safety issue is dire, we may even refuse to repair a system for your and our protection.
Worried that your installation may not meet these standards? Contact us today and we'll be glad to inspect your system and let you know what may need to be done to protect you, your residents and your visitors from an unsafe system.