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Self closing safety gates - a simple solution for safe access

Self closing safety gates - a simple solution for safe access

By law, all employees should be provided with safe access to areas of work, whether at ground level or at height.

Chains or safety gates for safe access?

For many years, chains, bars and sliding link tubes have been the method of protection for safe access to rooftops and other restricted areas. While these provide a simple safety solution, they are reliant on correct usage, which can be unreliable. Users can forget to replace the bar or chain, leaving a gap behind them.

Self-closing gates are Health & Safety Authorities preferred option to chains, mainly because the chains are reliant on the user replacing them.  If this isn’t done, then a hazardous void is created.

Self-closing safety gates can help ensure employees fulfil their job, follow best practices, and comply with current safety standards, without putting their safety at risk.

 

Typical areas where a safe form of access is required

- Restricted plant areas

- Areas around machinery

- Fixed ladders

- Roof hatches

- Access platforms

- Mezzanine floors

 

Self-closing safety gates

Self-closing safety gates are spring loaded, so can automatically close behind the user, providing an added level of security and overcoming the potential of human error.

Gates should be installed in the direction of a hazard, which guarantees complete safety for the user and overcomes the potential of creating a fall hazard.

It is important to ensure that the specified gate is compliant with the requirements of EN 13374 Class A, EN ISO 14122 Part 3 and Part 4 and OSHA.

Self-closing safety gates offer a quick, cost-effective and easy to install safe access solution that helps eliminate the possibility of human error.

 

Kee Gate range

Kee Gate self-closing gates are available in galvanised steel and, if required, can be powder coated in safety yellow. They are available with standard “U” bolts for fixing to uprights of 33.7, 42.4 and 48.3mm diamete. The gates can be fixed quickly to existing supporting structures or posts. An additional fixing pack is provided which allows the gates to be fixed to square, flat or angled uprights. They are easy to install or to retrofit to existing structures, such as galvanised handrails, guardrails, and roof edge protection systems.

Kee Gate self-closing safety gates are offered in two sizes - single gates for openings up to 1m wide and double gates for openings up to 1.8m wide. Designed to be trimmed on-site, this solution saves companies the time and money it takes to fabricate their own gates.

Kee Gate has undergone extensive testing to ensure reliability. Tests included salt spray testing to ASTM B117-11 Neutral solutions over 200 hours to assess the coating’s corrosion resistance. Life cycle testing to BS 6375-2:2009 Claude 6.5 – Opening and closing of Gate through 90° 50,000 cycles and Abuse Testing where 9 x 25Kg weights were suspended from the gate to test what happens if pressure is applied. This ensures durability, corrosion resistance and defence against signs of wear.

Kee Gate video

Please watch our Kee Gate video explaining why self-closing safety gates are an ideal safe access solution.

Managers responsible for Health & Safety in manufacturing, engineering and production environments should be specifying self-closing safety gates for dangerous areas, including roofs, that require regular access for maintenance and inspection.