VIC: Safety Alert on Guarding Brake Presses
Source: Safety Culture
WorkSafe has released a safety alert on
brake presses that are not guarded or are improperly guarded.
A brake press is a piece of equipment used for bending sheet and plate
material, usually sheet metal.
Having an unguarded brake press can be risky for the worker operating the
plant. A worker's hand may become trapped between the dangerous parts of
the machine, which can cause serious injuries, including crushed hands and
WorkSafe has enumerated several safety tips on guarding brake presses, and
recommends having presence-sensing guards or fixed guards installed.
The safety body has also advised that workers must undergo
training and be properly supervised while operating the machine.
Regular maintenance and
should also be carried out.
here to download a PDF file of the safety alert.