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Firm fined after Man struck by gate

Date:
18 February 2016

A company that produce and install gate systems been fined after a leaf of the gate fell and struck a man.

Newport Magistrates’ Court heard how Advanced Gate Limited of Merthyr Tydfil were contracted to manufacture and install a gate system at PHS Limited in Caerphilly.

The gate consisted of two leaves; one of which was driven by a motor and connected to the second leaf by a chain and sprocket which provided the drive motion for the second leaf.

There was a failure of the gate mechanism and on 30 September 2014 an employee of PHS Limited went to manually close the gate. The leaf he was pulling came out of the runners and it collapsed on him. A vertical rail struck his leg and resulted in severe trauma to his leg with muscle and nerves torn away. He was hospitalised for ten days and off work for one year.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive into the incident found that the underlying failure of the gate mechanism was aa a result of inadequate design, assessment and control measures to ensure the gate was safe for use.

Advanced Gate Limited, of Brecon Road, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000.

HSE inspector Dean Baker said after the hearing: “Powered gates pose a risk to employees and members of the public. Those responsible for installing, maintaining and operating these gates need to make sure they are safe during installation and use. This accident could have been avoided if the clearly foreseeable risk of the gate falling had been identified and controlled.”

For further information on electric gates visit: http://www.hse.gov.uk/safetybulletins/electricgates.htm

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