Scrap Baling Presses / Scrap Balers - Articles & Resources
Personnel who load, operate or maintain
balers can be exposed to crushing and amputation hazards, if the baler is
inadequately safeguarded or if hazardous energy lockout procedures are not
followed. Serious injuries and fatalities have occurred when part of the
worker's body was caught by the baler ram inside loading and baling
chambers. Therefore, it becomes mandatory for most of the balers to meet the
safeguarding requirements listed in various quality standard guidelines.
Checklists that highlight the ANSI and OSHA standards particularly emphasize
on the commonly-used vertical downstroke baler. These checklists for safe
baler operation need to be reviewed before purchase. Based on its research,
three criteria must be satisfied to protect workers from injury during
operation of balers:
- The point-of-operation guarding, such as an interlock gate, must
prevent workers from placing any part of their body into the
hazardous areas of the baler during operation.
- Periodic inspection and maintenance of the equipment and
safeguarding devices must be conducted to ensure proper operation
and safe performance.
- Workers must be trained in safe operation of the equipment,
understand the hazards related to bypassing safety devices, and
recognize the limitations and effective operating ranges of safety