Boy, 6, dies after gate falls on him

2012-03-24 22:45

Johannesburg - A 6-year-old boy died on Saturday when he was crushed by a falling gate at a complex in Kensington, in Johannesburg, paramedics said.

Netcare 911 spokesperson Jeffrey Wicks said when paramedics arrived at the scene they found the child had sustained critical injuries.

"He died on the scene," said Wicks.

He said the gate moved off the track and toppled over and pinned the boy down when the boy tried to push it open.

  • Kim - 2012-03-25 06:54

    This is so sad. Rest in peace little one!!

  • chris.debeer1 - 2012-03-25 07:09

    that is so sad !!!!

  • hc12345 - 2012-03-25 07:23

    This kind of thing happens to often!!!! It is time laws are put into place to prosecute these so called Gate Manufacturers for poor workman ship. If they would take 30 minutes longer and do a proper job this kind of thing can be prevented. I hope these parents will make sure the installer is brought to justice. Nothing less than Culpable Homicide.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-25 07:33

    This is the third such case in recent times! Why was nothing yet done to standarize design safety features? These gates are everywhere. No gate should be installed unless: * the gate design and operating mechanism is SABS approved * the supplier is accredited by the SABS * there is an operating and maintenance manual provided by the supplier * a warning is displayed on the gate, as to operating/maintenance precautions. Any person supplying and/or installing substandard steel gates should be prosecuted and charged with attempted murder.( Precedent: Humphries-dolus eventualis)

      kobie.nel1 - 2012-03-25 11:18

      Maserati, I do think you are overreacting pulling the SABS into this. I worked there and I'd rather do things my way more efective and MUCH cheaper. It is not the same place as the one we old guys were proud of. I'd say that simple guidelines MUST be set for any gate or the instaler must be fined if it is not met. Who will do the inspection is another question. I'm not a mechanical engineer, but my own designed and build gate cannot be lifted of the rail in the open or closed position, and not in any midway position can it be moved more than 100mm away from the rail without removing with tools a part of the mechanism. In NO position is the gate not supported by two 100mm x 100mm concreted steel post that is just far enough appart to allow the gate to move between them. It is a struggle to remove the gate for repaires as it must be moved in staggered steps after the mentioned part is removed. Women love to try and drive through closed gates for some mysterious reason. I've looked at my design, and for the life of me cannot see how a gate (motorised) can be installed in a way that it will fall over in normal use, but obviously some people are more addapt at it than me. My gate is a slide gate, but stil, a swing gate should not be able to come off its hinges without removing, with tools, some safety mechanism. I see that the child was pushing the gate, so it probably was not motorised, but the same rules should apply for a manual gate above a certain weight.

  • Ntombizakhona Nkosi - 2012-03-25 08:45

    may his soul rest in peace

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