The Door & Hardware Federation (DHF) has renewed its efforts to encourage roller shutter companies to undertaken regular maintenance of their industrial roller shutters following a “near fatal” accident at a warehouse in North Yorkshire.
The failure of a roller shutter door at the warehouse in Scarborough caused a worker to suffer multiple injuries, and it was deemed that the failure happened due to the lack of regular maintenance. As a consequence, the man’s employers were prosecuted by Scarborough council and fined £30,000
This follows a series of workplace incidents where falling shutters have caused injury, which DHF have responded to by launching a campaign to raise awareness of the issue.
DHF general manager and secretary Michael Skelding added: “Our advice to building owners regarding industrial shutters is clear – it’s vital that regular maintenance is carried out by a competent door engineer. DHF member companies have the necessary skills and they work to our DHF TS 004 standard for repair and maintenance of doors, shutters and gates.
“They will also be able to recommend a suitable service and maintenance schedule that will be based on the individual use to which the shutter is put.”
ABi operate in the domestic garage door sector rather than the commercial door sector, but the need to undertake regular maintenance is the same. Commenting on the implications, ABi director Luke Pierce commented, “Whenever we install a garage door, we encourage all customers to agree to our annual service plan. This helps ensure the door remains in good working order and over time will prolong the lifecycle of the product. Whilst garage doors don’t tend to pose quite the same risks as a commercial door, if certain things break such as the springs, the garage door can fall rapidly which can cause a serious injury, particularly to small children”
If you have a garage door and it hasn’t been serviced recently, contact ABi.