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FACTORING IN SAFETY
Safety is another key concern when choosing between a swing or sliding gate, and then
determining which components it requires.
There are two main safety standards that
gate operators and installers follow. The
UL 325 safety standard applies to electric
operators for gates, doors, windows and
other opening and closing appliances. The
ASTM F2200 standard relates to the physical
construction of automated vehicular gates.
For safety reasons, Brûlé says it's incumbent on gate installers to understand the ins
and outs of how their systems work. "Read
the manuals thoroughly. There is a reason
manufacturers spend countless hours to
write these," he says.
Liability can be a concern for both operators and owners. In Utah, where Buchanan's
company is based, there are no laws mandating that gate installations need to follow these
requirements, so the requirements are technically optional for the installer. But if someone
were to get trapped, injured or killed, an attorney might look into which safety requirements
were put in place, Buchanan says.
Ornamental gates, for example, can pose
risks because a person could potentially
reach through the pickets and get caught
in the gate. Safety standards require putting
a screen across the gate to prevent this type
of mishap. "People don't want a screen across
their beautiful ornamental gate," Buchanan
says. "But we have to tell them that if someone reaches in and gets caught, injured or
killed, you're going to be responsible, and
we're going to be responsible."

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include the slope of the road, whether the gate
will block parking, whether the gate could run
into other buildings when it opens. They also
need to make sure the gate does not impede on
public rights of way such as sidewalks.
Some systems don't rely on swing or sliding gates at all. Lyle Buchanan, owner of
Buchanan Access Systems in Sandy, Utah,
says he has noticed more requests for vertical
pivot gates, where the motor stands the gate
up on its end, creating a 90-degree opening.
Those are most often used with storage units because they're a faster option. A
20-foot-wide sliding gate can take 20 seconds to open, and it takes 12 to 15 seconds
for a swing gate to open completely. "A vertical pivot takes five to seven seconds, and
it's up and out of the way," Buchanan says.
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Pedestrians are another safety concern, and gate installers need to consider
whether a system could pose any entrapment risks, and if it requires some other
means for pedestrians, such as a walk gate.
"People think that once a gate opens up, I
can walk through it. You can, but the gate
doesn't know if there's a human there,"
Buchanan says.
Adding safety features can raise the overall cost of the gate system. When an owner
is on a tight budget, that can be a hard sell,
Buchanan says. "They have additional costs
thrown in that they weren't expecting, and
they balk sometimes. But you have to persevere," he says.

VISION VERSUS REALITY
Because customer preferences are not
always feasible due to safety and logistical
concerns, gate installers sometimes have
to be the ones to give property owners and
their contractors a reality check.
"Most general contractors and owners
don't know about these things. So it's our job
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to educate them a little bit about the safety
requirements," Buchanan says.
He points to the example of a job he
recently completed, in which the contractor wanted to include almost every available specification possible to the gate. When
Buchanan supplied the quote, it gave the
contractor sticker shock.
"He came back and said, 'What is all this
stuff?' He didn't even know what he was specifying," Buchanan says. "We ended up cutting
out three-fourths of what he asked for."
Installers need to work with customers to
gain a better understanding of how to properly design a gate system, says Buchanan. For
example, if an apartment complex knows it
will have an influx of cars going out in the
mornings, and then an influx coming in
after 5 p.m., the company can work with the
owner to install a time clock to hold the gates
open during those windows of time. "That
way, the gates don't continually open/close,
open/close, open/close. It's just an unnecessary cycle," Buchanan says.
Communicating with and educating
the customer throughout the process will
help yield a design that works for everyone,
Buchanan says. "Find out what the customer
wants to accomplish," he says. "And then
work with them in the best way." ■
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fencepost - July/August 2017

Editor’s Note
Executive Director’s Message
President’s Message
Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
VMA
Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
Blue Ribbon Companies
The Right Gate for the Job
CLFMI
New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
New Members
All About I-9s
Calendar
Good Fences and Good Neighbors
Minding Your Business
Fencesense
Index to Advertisers
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Editor’s Note
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Executive Director’s Message
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - President’s Message
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Board of Directors | Board of Governors
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Setting Yourself Apart From the Competition
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - VMA
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Cutting Fuel Costs With Fleet Tracking
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Blue Ribbon Companies
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - The Right Gate for the Job
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - CLFMI
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Technologies Provide Global Reach for Access Systems
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - New Members
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - 38
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - All About I-9s
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Calendar
Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Good Fences and Good Neighbors
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Minding Your Business
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Fencepost - July/August 2017 - Fencesense
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