Equipment & Safety

Lothian Gates only supply the very best and most reliable automation equipment on all our installations and are recommended installers for many of the major manufacturers and suppliers.


Lothian Gates supply and install market leading Combiarialdo sliding gate and swing gate hardware.

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Safety and the Law

All machines placed on the market in the European Union have a legal requirement to comply with the EU Machinery Directive 98/37/EC.

In the UK this European Law is implemented by The Supply of Machinery (Safety) Regulations 1992. This regulation requires all machines to meet a set of “essential health and safety requirements” and to be CE marked as proof of compliance.

All automated gates are classified as machines under these regulations and manufacturers, suppliers, installers and users of automated gates within the EU must ensure they comply with legislation.


Our Approach

Automated gates can be dangerous and we take the safety of these machines very seriously. We think our customers should too. All our electric gates are installed to the highest standard and have force and sensitivity controls fitted. We also insist on additional safety features such as an emergency stop button and sensitive edges. It is essential electric gates are regularly serviced and maintained to ensure their continued safe operation. Please contact us to arrange a safety check or service.

We will always perform a risk assessment and discuss risks with our clients, ensuring those risks can be mitigated against where possible.

Customers are responsible for post installation maintenance and servicing to ensure the gates continue to operate as at the time of installation. For more information on our maintenance and servicing options please see our Repairs page.


Gate Safety Checklist

Semi automatic operation:

*This is a gate that will only operate when it receives a signal, i.e. a push button being held down.

*That the operator of the gate has a clear and unobstructed view of the gate, which extends to all of its operation.

Remember that when opening a sliding gate, the trailing edge of the gate has the potential to create a trap point.

That pedestrians have an alternative method of entry and exit (wherever possible pedestrians should not use a vehicular gate) giving alternative access in the event of the gate failing.

That there are clearly visible signs advising that the gate is an automated device. That trained operatives regularly maintain the gate and that full servicing records are kept.

That the gate was originally manufactured and installed as an automated device and has not simply been modified to offer automation features, unless adequate safety devices are installed.

Fully automatic operation:

*This is a gate that is activated by a device, (intercom, radio control etc) and the gate will open and close within a pre-determined time.

*That the gate features the necessary safety devices to protect the user and other pedestrians from any potential trap points.

*That the gate is operating with the correct force as stated by the regulations, (this should be the minimum required to enable the gate to operate).

*That the person responsible for the gate has been trained in the safe operation of the gate and its maintenance requirements.

*That pedestrians have an alternative method of entry and exit (where ever possible pedestrians should not use a vehicular gate) giving alternative access in the event of the gate failing.

*That there are clearly visible signs advising that the gate is an automated device.

*That trained operatives regularly maintain the gate and that full servicing records are kept.


The above list of safety measures is for guidance only and a site-specific risk assessment should always be carried out.