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Door Safety Advice

All kinds of commercial and industrial doors have the potential to cause injury if they are not properly installed, maintained and operated, and there are a range of applicable safety regulations.

Whilst our installations team can offer support and advice on risk assessing and properly maintaining and operating manual or automated industrial doors, the following provides a basic overview of the key factors employers and building owners need to keep in mind. This advice is summarised from HSE guidance and legislation such as the workplace health, safety and welfare regulations.

The most common injuries relating to industrial doors tend to relate to the door closing on people, limbs being pulled into the door mechanism, or people being lifted and dropped by the door.

If your property includes automated or powered doors strong enough to lift an adult or a child then a full risk assessment must be carried out and the following measures are recommended;

  • Eliminate any handholds or footrests
  • Use perforations for visions instead of letterbox openings
  • Limit the force available at the door leaf
  • Install sensors to detect anyone attached to or near the door
  • Install a hold-to-run control with keyswitch
  • Ensure controls are within visual sight of the door
  • Ensure the door and any additions are CE marked