It is vital to ensure that industrial rolling shutters are installed correctly and are regularly maintained. The warning comes from the Door and Hardware Federation (DHF) and follows workplace accidents where falling shutters have caused injuries. Companies where the accidents have taken place face prosecution under the Health Safety at Work Act for failing to ensure the health, safety and welfare of its employees.
The DHF provides guidelines on its website www.dhfonline.org.uk to help all those who are responsible for installing and maintaining powered shutters.
DHF general manager and secretary Michael Skelding said: “Our advice to anyone who has industrial shutters already in, or are about to have shutters installed, is clear – in either case it’s vital that installation and maintenance is carried out by a member company of the DHF.
“An inadequately installed shutter can fall for a number of reasons and an expert should inspect an existing installation to ensure it is completely safe in operation. He 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.”
A DHF shutter installer will carry out an installation in accordance with TS (Technical Specification) 005:2009. This governs the levels of training and expertise of the installers and guarantees that the installation complies with BS EN 12635:2002. The TS 005 is available for download from the DHF website. Also available from the DHF website is the Code of Practice for the Repair and Maintenance of Industrial and Commercial Doors which stresses the importance of regular door and shutter maintenance. The code spells out what should be done to achieve quality of operation with maximum safety in use throughout the full expected lifecycle of the equipment.
It also includes listings of legal requirements and guidance documents, gives definitions of common terminology and identifies the specific documentation needed for correct repair and maintenance. Necessary operational documentation and minimum requirements for repair and maintenance personnel are also described.
The DHF covers industrial, commercial and garage doors and gates, as well as UK manufacturers and suppliers of building hardware, locks and architectural ironmongery.