However, although automatic door accidents being a rarity there are dangerous situations that can possibly transpire. If something goes wrong with the sensors, or the correct procedures have not been addressed, automatic doors can be potentially dangerous to use.
Many of us have had situations where as we walk through a door and it shuts on us before we even have the chance to get all of the way out of the building. Should that pedestrian suffer injury from this fault, it could leave the person who last touched the door in a legal dispute and the reputation of the company who owns it damaged.
INJURIES FROM AUTOMATIC DOORS
Injuries have and can occur when you have installers who have not been trained efficiently. For example the BS EN16005 covers the avoidance to crushing, impact, shearing and drawing in. This standard, although not a legal document, is part of the Machinery Directive (which is a legal document) and can therefore put many companies in danger of lawsuits should they not adhere to the requirements that are set out by the BS EN16005.
Another example from the BS EN16005 is how it discusses the avoidance of having children getting their hands, arms and whole bodies trapped within an automatic door. This can be avoided via various techniques that require specific measurements and procedures to ensure maximum safety. Without these methods the child is at risk of danger. If injury were to occur, it would be the company who worked on the door that will be held responsible. It is also possible that the client who hired the installers will be held accountable for their lack of consideration to training and knowledge.
It is the responsibility of automatic door companies and engineers to consider the risk they could be placing the public under. Without rigorous training, engineers may not have the knowledge required to carry out door installations or maintenance. Which is why we urge ADIA members to sit their BS EN 16005, accredited by City & Guilds. Being accredited by City & Guilds, demonstrates the thoroughness of our course, including our online version (no visual demonstration).
This is something that NO OTHER association has. It is also something we are vigorously promoting to those who require door automation in their establishments.
We are passionate about safety and the future of the industry; it is up to you to protect it.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
As a member, you should be ensuring everyone who touches an automatic door has had the appropriate training. This means that all engineers should:
- Have a copy of the BS EN16005
- Complete the e-learning course
- Complete the visual demonstration with our trainer using the mobile door units
- Pass the BS EN16005 and receive their card and certificate giving their City & Guilds number. They will also be listed on our DoorSafe website which we promote to potential clients on behalf of members.
Experienced engineers are able to sit their BS EN16005 without having a day of additional training. See here for more information.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
In addition to the BS EN16005, we have our Fault Finding course, which goes back to the basics of automatic door installation and maintenance. This will provide additional support to those who have recently joined the industry.