Safety Edges - Protection for your gate system

At GateMotors our selection of systems for safety contact edges are used to guard against possible crushing or shearing points on electric gates and barriers and they can be used on sliding gate systems and swing gate systems at any point where movement and the risk of crushing needs to be addressed.. We work with our customers to provide the right solution for the safety of gate automation system.

Once installed our wireless safety edge system works such that the active rubber edge is carried on the gate itself and the cut off signal is carried to the main controller wirelessly, this minimises the wiring that is required and simplifies the installation. These products also have compliance with gate and door standard EN-13241-1:2003 and EN12453, certified by approved laboratory to EN-954-1 standard, Cat. 2. We also have safety edges up to 6 meters in length to suit specifically items like traffic barriers.

Safety edge products

Current Government Health and Safety Notices


Current Government Health and Safety Notices state that additional safety protection equipment should be fitted to electrically powered gates, subject to a Site Risk Assessment. See www.hse.gov.uk


Site Risk Assessment

In accordance with Government Health and Safety Notices, the installer of the gate system should survey each gate site to make a Site Risk Assessment and to ensure that the safety features required have been appropriately installed. A Site Risk Assessment takes into account the gate location, frequency of use, type of users and potential gate hazards such as the proximity of adjacent walls and pillars.


Gate Automation Safety Devices

The automation features should, wherever necessary, utilise the following safety devices:

  • a primary set of safety photocells between the pillars of the gates to detect obstacles breaking a beam between the pillars
  • a secondary set of safety photocells fitted at the limit of swing gates to detect obstacles moving into the swing area
  • additional safety pressure strips ( safety edges ) fitted to gates or adjacent walls / pillars to detect obstacles by physical pressure

If any of the above devices detect an obstacle (such as a child or vehicle), then the gates should automatically reversed to move clear of the obstacle.


Guidelines for Careful Use of Automatic Gates

Automated gates are heavy, moving structures and they need to be treated with respect. The following rules must be adhered to in order to prevent accidents during operation:
  • Do not try to pass through the gates when they are moving, wait until the gates are fully open.
  • Do not stop stop unnecessarily between the gates.
  • Do not allow children to play near the gates.
  • Keep all remote control operating devices out of the reach of children.
  • Do not operate the gates by remote control unless the gates are in view.
  • Do not attempt to impede the movement of the gates during operation.
  • Report any signs of malfunction immediately to the gate installer / gate maintainer.
  • In the case of any malfunction, isolate the power supply, release any electric/automatic lock, open the gates manually and call the gate installer / gate maintainer.
  • Do not attempt to modify the gates or the gate automation system once it has been installed.
  • Ensure that your gates are serviced at regular intervals.

Please call us if you wish to discuss any safety aspect of your gate installation.

Areas of risk on swing & sliding gate systems

The following diagram shows the areas of risk on a swing gate system, the use of safety edges and safety photocells and can help minimise this.

Safety Edge systems

On a sliding gate system there are a number of potential risk areas. The following diagram highlights these areas, the use of safety edges and safety photocells and can help minimise this.

Safety Edge systems
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