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Old 11-20-2023, 10:48 AM
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Default Nine year old killed by falling gate

Another forum alerted me to a fatality that happened in my back yard last week.

Nine year old killed by falling gate

I stopped by after church yesterday to get an idea of what happened. The gate is a double 8'x~15' tracked gate, manually operated, that closes in the center of maybe a 30' opening. Everything needed for a safe gate was in place except maintenance. Being manually operated, the force against the stop varies depending on who is working the gate. I believe the stop bent over time, maybe fracturing the welds, until the stop couldn't do it's job.

The stop is in the shade at the far end of the gate. The inside of the gate is facing up and the wheels are on the right, so the side of the gate that fell on the little girl is facing up. She didn't stand a chance against a >500lb gate.

I drove by this school for 14 years on my way to work before I changed jobs in '03. A guess is the gates are 20+ years old.

A Gofundme page has been set up to help with funeral expenses. Arlette Adnan

Maintenance is required on anything man made. If you have heavy rolling gates, check the safety items periodically. A sleeve in the concrete with an auxiliary post would have prevented this tragedy.
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Old 11-20-2023, 02:09 PM
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The gate slid all the way out of the channel then tipped? I think 500lbs is a conservative estimate of the weight--looks heavier than that!

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