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What are the most common safety obstacles to be aware of when installing gates?

Lifting.  Gates are always heavy, large and awkward.  Be sure to use good lifting techniques, plenty of manpower or equipment.  Being awkward, it is easy to strain or twist your back.

Fall Hazard.  Gates have proven to be a real fall hazard.  Often times, we lean a gate up against an opening while installing the hinges, a light breeze or bump and the gate will come crashing down on the installer below.  Always use a bungee cord, chain, rope to tie the gate up against the fence.  When installing a cantilever gate, use a bungee cord.  This will allow you to move the gate in and away from the rollers without having to remove the cord. 

Cuts.  Gates have moving parts.  It is easy to catch your finger in a cantilever roller while adjusting the roller. 

Motorized Hazards.  Motorized gates have enormous potential to create harm.  These gates have caught the public eye with a sharp rise in injuries over the years.  Consequently, there is a UL 325 Code that governs motorized gate installation.  While installing these gates, it is easy to get pinched in a roller, between a picket and post or in the opening.  More on this later. 

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