The benefits of spring loaded safety gates
By Christian King, General Manger, Kee Systems
We recently announced that our range of Spring Loaded Safety Gates had undergone an upgrade to ensure continued superior performance and compliance with international standards. Since then we’ve been contacted by customers asking where and why this form of protection should be used in a premises.
Spring loaded safety gates, or industrial safety gates as they are sometimes referred to, are an ideal solution to protecting open voids such as on a platform, mezzanine floor and machinery stairways or for providing safe access and egress to demarcated areas within factories, warehouses and loading bays.
Breaks in railing systems in these areas have tended to be protected by chains or bars, but the problem with this method is that they are completely reliant on the person remembering to replace the chain or bar once they’ve passed through. If the safety component is not replaced the area will be left exposed, which could mean someone falling from a platform or gaining unauthorised access to a restricted area.
The benefit of Spring Loaded Safety Gates is that they automatically close behind the user, overcoming the risk of human error.
Safety must always be a priority. In addition to being a simple and extremely effective way of ensuring safety that isn’t reliant on the user, spring loaded safety gates help you to follow HSE guidelines and comply with current legislation such as BS EN 14122 Parts 3 and 4. BS EN 14122 states that gates on handrails must close automatically when released and that if an access point is required along a guard rail, this must be a self closing gate.