An accident in which the leaf of a gate fell and struck a man on his leg could have been avoided, says the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
The man suffered severe trauma to his leg with muscle and nerves torn away, leaving him hospitalised for 10 days and off work for a year.
Advanced Gate Limited, the company that installed the gate system at PHS Limited in Caerphilly, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. It was fined a total of £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000.
Failure in gate mechanism
The gate consisted of two leaves – one driven by a motor and connected to the second by a chain and sprocket, which provided the drive motion for the second leaf.
There was a failure of the gate mechanism, so on September 30, 2014 an employee of PHS Ltd went to manually close the gate. But the leaf he was pulling came out of the runners and collapsed on him, with the vertical rail striking his leg, Newport Magistrates’ Court heard.
The HSE found the underlying failure of the gate mechanism was as a result of inadequate design, assessment and control measures that should have ensured the gate was safe for use.
HSE inspector Dean Baker says powered gates pose a risk to employees and members of the public.
He added it was the responsibility of Advanced Gate to ensure the gate was installed, maintained and operated in a safe way.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 10, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown