Gate Safety Guidelines

Do your Gates Comply?

Safety in the installation of all our products is of paramount importance to Breezemount. We promote safety aspects wherever possible and endeavour to provide our clients with an end product which complies with the guidelines and regulations of the industry standards.

Following some recent deaths involving automatic gates in mainland UK there has been an increase in awareness in the safety of the design, installation and use of automatic gates.

After investigations were carried out on the incidents the HSE have issued the following bulletins:

Electric Gate Risks

Electric Gate Risks 2

Electric Gates Safety Advice

Perimeter Powered Gates


Any gate system that has been incorrectly or poorly installed can be a serious hazard. The duty for compliance is with the person responsible for the use of the gate.

Automatic Gates and Traffic Barriers must comply with the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 as a legal requirement. European Standards BS EN 12445:2001 and BS EN 12453:2001 can be used to prove compliance with these Regulations. The standards describe the key requirements for installation, testing and ongoing compliance of automatic gate systems. The standards are designed to protect you, the end user, from risks associated with entrapment between parts of a moving swing or sliding gate.

Key Requirements for the safety of automatic gates as stated by BS EN 12453:2001

  • Define areas of crushing, shearing and draw in on gates (see diagrams)
  • Stipulates a maximum of 400N of crushing force allowed before gate must start to reverse in these areas. Areas outside of this are allowed up to 1400N.
  • States the force exerted on contact must begin to reduce within 750 milliseconds to below 150N.
  • Defines that a danger area is considered to exist when a gap between the gate and a stationary object reduces to 50cm or below.
  • Requires selected force limitation technology to protect danger areas of gate fully up to a height of 2.5 metres on both sliding and swing gates.
  • Requires that the gate must be equipped with an emergency release system. Users must be trained in how to operate the system.

Another key to compliance with the law is risk assessment, which includes identifying the hazards, estimating the severity and likelihood of each hazard, followed by an evaluation to determine whether each hazard is adequately controlled and, if it is not, what further action needs to be taken to control the risk. In addition to risk assessment, preventative maintenance and force testing are strongly recommended.

Breezemount are proud to be founder members of the DHF Powered Gate Group. The Group comprises powered gate companies which have demonstrated their credentials of quality, safety and adherence to high technical and safety standards.

Click here for the DHF Gate Safety Guide


Do your Gates Comply?

Contact our Perimeter Security team to arrange a safety inspection on

(NI) 028 9064 0972

(ROI) +352 1619 0618

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