Presses: Hazard Identification

Risk management strategy for table and gantry presses which identifies hazards that can expose a worker to the risk of injury, and records the measures used to remove or reduce the level of risk.

The following table is a risk management strategy for table and gantry presses.
  • Table press
  • Portal gantry press

Risk management identifies hazards that can expose a worker to the risk of injury, and records the measures used to remove or reduce the level of risk.

Risk management strategy

Hazard identification

Risk factors

Risk control measures

1

Crushing in nip points or moving pressing head

  • Attempting to clear a jammed work piece or foreign objects while machine is running
  • Adopting an awkward stance, causing hands or body to move into the path of the hydraulic press
  • All guards are fitted correctly and working properly
  • Standing securely on the machine platform during operation
  • Two-handed operator control system
  • Standing securely behind the mobile pressing plate during operation
  • Lock out/tag out (LOTO) protocol implemented and maintained

2

Being struck by moving press or operator platform

  • Standing on the work table while the machine is operating
  • Safety trip bars are in place and working properly
  • Operating procedures and effective supervision so that no person is on the work table when the press is operating

3

Manual handling when loading or unloading the table press

  • Variation in material size, shape and weight
  • Store raw materials at appropriate height, store bottom/top chords and webs at appropriate height, using a trolley or stillage to avoid the need for bending or twisting
  • Use a second person or trolley to unload a long or large piece from the machine

4

Slips, trips and falls

  • Obstructed work area by product off-cuts
  • Slippery and uneven floor surface
  • Maintain a clear work space in and around the machine
  • Provide non-slip floor surfaces that give a firm foothold

5

Noise from machinery operation and production processes

  • Various machines in the area operating simultaneously
  • Local acoustic dampening to reduce noise levels
  • Hearing protectors used by all people accessing the workshop
  • Warning signs erected in the workshop

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