Supply of Safe Machinery Fine

Britain’s HSE (Health & Safety Executive) has taken enforcement action after a child became trapped in electronic gates at a school.

At a hearing on 30 September the Magistrates’ Court heard how a company had fitted an electronic closing device to the metal vehicle gates at the school. However, it had failed to fit appropriate sensor safety devices which would have automatically stopped the gates from closing completely if it detected someone was in the way.

The HSE’s investigation found the gate automation equipment installed by the company did not meet essential safety requirements and that the company’s assessment had failed to identify the foreseeable risks associated with the crushing point between the gate and gate post. The location of the gate, at the entrance to a primary school, increased the level of risk.

The HSE Press Release quotes Regulation 12 of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992. Please remember the relevant current stipulations on the supply of safe machinery are found in Regulation 7 of the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008 (as amended), and are not quite the same as those set out in the HSE Press Release.

The HSE Press Release is here, and it refers to safety alerts issued for this type of powered machinery.

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