Gate Installer jailed for gross negligence
Landmark prosecution as a gate installer is jailed for 42 months and the gate installation company fined £12K
Automated gates are becoming increasingly popular in commercial, public and residential buildings. Unfortunately, the gate industry is facing problems with poorly installed and maintained powered gates, leading to accidents and sadly fatalities.
Last week saw the first gate installer jailed for gross negligence, after Jill Lunn was tragically killed when an automatic gate fell on her, at her home in Norwich in 2013.
The jury heard that Mrs Lunn had pulled into the drive, with her grandchild in the car, and tried to close the gate using the remote control. When it would not work she tried to shut the gate manually and the iron gate which weighed a third of a tonne, fell directly on top of her and crushed her to death.
The prosecution advised that the tragedy could have easily been prevented by means of a simple stopping device either to the gate or to the track upon which the gate ran. In addition to delivering the prison sentence to the installer, the company for whom he worked was also fined £12K, after admitting three counts of failing to comply with a requirement under the Supply of Machinery (Safety) regulations.
Clive Gallagher, Sales Director at Breezemount Perimeter Security commented on the recent prosecution, “The tragic death of Jill Lunn, and the prosecution of a gate installer, not only highlights the importance of gate safety but also that all installers working in the industry must be properly trained, with a full understanding of what exemplifies a safe and legal gate. All gate automation companies and installers have a moral responsibility to take every necessary precaution to make sure that incidents like this never happen again.”
New gates are required to comply with the Machinery Directive 2006/42/EC, and all gates in operation must comply with the latest gate safety laws. The HSE offer information and guidance on the design, construction, supply and maintenance of powered gates.
If you would like advice on your automatic gate system or would like to book a gate safety inspection, contact Breezemount Gate Safety Team on (NI) +44 28 9064 0972, (ROI) +353 (0) 1619 0618 firstname.lastname@example.org