09:11 am, Friday 18 June, 2010
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 even amputations.
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 safety training and be properly supervised while operating the machine.
Regular maintenance and inspection should also be carried out.
Please click here to download a PDF file of the safety alert.