Everything You Need to Know About Self-Closing Gates

Self-Closing Gates for adding controlled access for ladders/stairs, roof hatches, walkways, industrial machinery and other restricted areas.

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Published on: June 25, 2024

Horses are not people, and people are not horses. Here’s proof: 

At a racetrack, after the bell rings, the gates open, and the horses bolt away. The gates typically do not close automatically behind the horses. They are designed to spring open and remain open, ensuring safe, unobstructed passage as the horses start the race. Once all the horses have left the gates, track officials manually close and reset the gates for the next race.  

Although we want to be efficient and productive, people should not race around in the workplace. When they pass through a gate to enter a restricted area, access the roof, or climb stairs to reach the next level, the gate should close behind them immediately for safety’s sake. 

Since it is unlikely that company officials will follow employees around to close gates behind them, the best solution for commercial, institutional, and industrial facilities is a self-closing safety gate. 

Spring-action safety.

Self-closing safety gates have a spring-loaded mechanism that automatically closes the gate behind the user. This safety feature addresses the risk of human error, providing a more reliable barrier than chains or sliding tubes. Tested to endure more than 50,000 open/close cycles, these gates offer long-term durability and consistent performance. 

Built rough and ready.

Constructed from galvanized steel, self-closing gates are designed for strength, durability, and resistance to corrosion. The standard yellow powder-coated finish enhances visibility and provides an extra layer of protection—custom color options are available. These gates have undergone extensive salt spray testing to ASTM B117-11 standards, confirming their resilience in harsh environments. 

Versatile sizing options.

Self-closing safety gates come in three standard sizes to accommodate various access points: 

  • Single-width – 39 inches wide, ideal for standard access points. 
  • Double-width – Two 35-inch wide gates that can close a maximum 70-inch opening, perfect for larger spaces. 
  • Full-height – 43 inches tall and up to 39 inches wide, with an aluminum toe board for additional protection at elevated levels.

The gates feature reversible hinges that can be mounted on either side of an opening. They can also be cut to size on-site, providing flexibility to meet specific installation requirements. 

Installation ease.

Designed for simplicity and efficiency, self-closing gates come with universal attachment clamps suitable for round, square, or flat surfaces. They can also be bolted directly to walls or other structures. Gates install using standard shop tools like a marking pen, tape measure, ring spanner, sockets, hex key, torque wrench, hacksaw, and a level or straight edge. This ease of installation helps save time and reduce costs.

Rigorous testing for compliance.

Self-closing safety gates are rigorously tested to comply with several essential safety standards, ensuring they provide secure access and fall protection: 

  • EN 1090 –Conformity of structural components and technical requirements for aluminum and steel structures. 
  • EN 14122-3:2016 – Safe access to machinery, stairs, step ladders, and guardrails. 
  • EN 13374 – Temporary edge protection systems. 
  • OSHA 1910.28 – Fall protection for walking/working surfaces. 
  • OSHA 1910.29 – Fall protection for guardrails, designated areas, handrails and stair systems, platforms, and fixed ladder systems. 

Wide open applications for self-closing gates. 

Self-closing safety gates are versatile and can be used in various locations to enhance workplace safety: 

Which solution is best for you?

Integrating self-closing safety gates into your facility is a major step toward enhancing workplace safety. They are a reliable, durable, and easy-to-install solution for various points for safe access, fall protection, and regulatory compliance.

If worker safety is your responsibility, contact Flexible Lifeline Systems. We will discuss your needs and concerns about regulatory compliance, visit your site to conduct a safety audit and map out a plan. Our services can include as little or as much as you need, from design, engineering, and fabrication to installation, training, and other support. 

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