Why you should use self closing gates

By Jason Godfrey, General Manager, Safesite Limited

Chains, bars and sliding link tubes have for many years been used to provide safe access to a roof from ladders, roof hatches, with edge protection systems or at ground level such as for industrial walkways.  While these provide a simple safety solution they are reliant on correct usage which, as we all know, isn’t reliable. 

Users often forget to replace the bar or chain, leaving a gap behind them.  At ground level this could simply mean access to an area is left open, however when working at height this could lead to a significant fall hazard being created.


Link Tube and Chain access to roofs


Self Closing Safety Gate

Self closing gates are a more reliable solution to these traditional methods and are recommended by the HSE as the preferred method of protection.  The main benefit of these types of access is that they tend to be spring loaded so they automatically close behind the user. This overcomes the potential for user error and ensures that voids are not created when accessing a roof.  


Self closing gates for rooftop safety


Self closing gates meet the requirements of BS EN 14122 Parts 3 and 4 which require gates on handrails to close automatically when released and that when a guard rail requires an access point, a self closing gate is provided.


Self closing gates for warehouses


An open and shut case for protecting access and egress

Safe access and egress is essential, particularly when it comes to work at height via ladders, roof hatches and walkways.  Safety gates provide a simple and effective solution to ensuring safety that doesn’t rely on correct use.   So if you’re considering safe access from a stairway, ladder or guardrail, the specification of self closing gates will help you to follow best practice and comply with current standards such as BS EN 14122 and BS 4211.

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