The Ins and out of Gate Damage
Gates provide convenience and security for any commercial or industrial site. However, they can sometimes malfunction, resulting in injuries and property damage. Because these incidents can also damage the gate itself, they can snowball into a complicated situation quickly. Here’s how to prevent these issues and how to deal with them when they arise.
Know the risks
Security gates are an effective way to guarantee the security of your commercial or industrial complex. However, a malfunctioning gate can end up costing you. Frequent damage and injuries may result in higher insurance premiums in addition to lost productivity and equipment.
Typically, a malfunctioning gate will close too fast and damage any vehicles and materials in its way. It can also seriously injure anyone standing close by. This, in turn, is likely to damage the gate further, and frequently requires professional repairs to be made.
In some cases, the cause of the accident is a driver who’s unfamiliar with the gate and its operation. This is why clear warning signs and proper employee training are important.
Prevention is key to avoiding costly accidents. Here are some guidelines to follow:
• Prominently display warning sides so that they’re visible from both sides of the gate
• Provide training for all employees who may have to operate the gate
• Have a separate gate for foot traffic
• If a problem arises, have a professional technician repair the gate. Never try to repair it yourself.
• Have gates inspected regularly and keep a record of each inspection
• Never use a gate that’s damaged or not operating properly
In addition, you should make sure your security gate can handle both the stress of daily use and the weather conditions it has to operate in. Some gates are susceptible to wind damage, while others have components that may become damaged in specific climates.
Dealing with damaged gates
If your gate becomes damaged despite taking the precautions above, you’ll need to contact a professional. Automated security gates rely on many systems to function properly and only an experienced technician can assess the damage and determine which repairs should be performed. Don’t use the gate until it’s repaired. In the meantime, you can rent temporary fencing to ensure your property remains secure.
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For repairs, inspections or new commercial and industrial installations, you can count on City Fence to provide reliable service. Contact us today for a free estimate and to benefit from our 35 years of experience in the fencing industry.