Collapsed Roller Shutter Door
Electric roller shutter doors are convenient and make it easy to lower and raise heavy shutters. However, here we bring you the news of how a garage nearly caused a fatal accident.
A garage in Colchester had been locking up one evening. Once the worker had ensured that everything was turned off, he enabled the key switch to begin the lower function of the electric roller shutter doors. What happened next stunned the operator. After quickly checking the area by sticking his head out and back under the door, the whole shutter just dropped to the floor.
After inspection, it was confirmed that the electric motor had given up and had crashed down almost instantly. The garage worker is lucky to have escaped from a potentially fatal accident had his head been under the roller at the time of motor failure.
Roller Safety Brakes
A shutter engineer states that without the safety brakes device the motor is actually the only thing keeps the roller stationary. If that fails, then the whole thing collapses as is the case of the garage in Colchester.
Nowadays, electric roller shutters have to meet regulations and will come equipped with a safety device, unlike the 15 years old roller shutter doors in our story.
The garage has confirmed that their failed shutters have now been replaced with new rollers and has an inertia safety brake included.
Minor And Fatal Accidents
Changes to legislations have often been the result of minor and fatal accidents involving industrial and commercial roller shutters. The Health and Safety Executive are aware of cases where people have hurt themselves and those where ultimately victims have died from their injuries.
The factors for most of these unfortunate events are maintenance and lack of safety devices. It is important to service all moving parts regularly to ensure continuing performance and provide the opportunity to replace worn or defective parts.
Industry Standards for Safety
The legislation that focus on maintenance for roller shutters is the Workplace Regulation 1992 Maintenance of Equipment, Devices and Systems. It states that the equipment such as electric security shutters must be checked at least annually and a system is in place to show that regular checks are carried out.
The ruling also imposes that any possible dangerous defects are identified and rectified straightaway. All electric or motor driven doors are subject to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) directive and have to be maintained according to the set guidelines.
Our Approved Roller Shutter Doors
When we supply our industrial steel roller shutters and doors, we ensure that they meet the industry regulations and are approved to be installed in various applications.
Our equipment also regulates to the Regulatory Reform Fire Safety Order 2005 and other British Standards so that you get quality certified products. Remember that we always add safety locks to keep you and your workforce protected. If your roller shutters are old, please call us to check your premises for compliance and safety.