Are you able to service or repair my automated gate if you never installed it?

Yes, we can regardless of who carried out the original install of your gate. You can call us on 07772198495 or 07845948140 for any emergency repairs, on 01506332021 for any non-emergency repairs or servicing. Alternatively, you can send an email to info@cmelectricalgates.co.uk

Can my existing gate be automated?

In most cases yes it can be, we would require some additional information regarding the existing gate, but we are happy to discuss this with you during the enquiry stage

Is there a limit to the height or width of my gate?

Regarding the height of the gate there are no limits to this but there might be some circumstances where planning permission is required if you are looking for a particularly high gate. With the width again there are no limits to this, as the gates get wider it might be that we need to use a different automation type like a sliding gate rather than a swing gate.

What type of automation is best for me?

There are 3 types of automation for gates swing, sliding and below ground. For some installations there can be a choice of option depending on your needs but for some other jobs there might only be one solution. During the enquiry and survey stages we will be able to confirm what the best options are for you.

What if the area I want my gate is uneven?

When we survey the area, we will make sure the design and gate automation selection consider any slopes or uneven surfaces so that it not an issue.

How are the gates controlled?

Most gates are operated by a handheld radio transmitter, intercom or other access control device depending on your requirements again we are happy do discuss all the options with you.

Safety

In June 2010, the tragic deaths of two young children in separate incidents less than one week apart served to highlight the safety issues facing the UK gate automation industry. This was particularly the case since these tragedies followed so soon after the conviction of a gate manufacturer for breaches of health and safety law in relation to an earlier child fatality. This guide is presented as a summary of the current legislation and standards which it is hoped will assist the industry in understanding the requirements and meeting its obligations. This guide does not deal in any detail with the legal duties of the owner of the gate regarding risk assessment, inspection, and maintenance. The legal position is that powered gate systems are considered to be “machinery”. This means that, by law, every new powered gate, when it is put into service, must comply with the European Machinery Directive (2006/42/EC), especially the Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements, be CE marked, and accompanied by a Declaration of Conformity. The Health and Safety Executive has lead responsibility for enforcement of this legislation, which has been transposed into UK law as the Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 2008. The responsibility for complying with the law rests with the responsible person which will be either the manufacturer, supplier, or installer, depending on the circumstances. The key to compliance with the law is risk assessment, which includes identifying the hazards, estimating the severity and likelihood of each hazard, followed by an evaluation to determine whether each hazard is adequately controlled and, if it is not, what further action needs to be taken to control the risk; the principal aim is to secure compliance with the Machinery Directive’s Essential Health and Safety Requirements.

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