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27/08/2019


Bending Metal

Sheet metal bending brakes, both hydraulic and mechanical, are commonly used throughout the metal fabrication industry.

They are versatile, durable, reliable and easy to use and maintain, but they don’t come without their risks.

Potential hazards of bending brakes and how to avoid them:

Hazard:

Minor injuries from handling sheet metal like cuts and strains.

How to Avoid:

Wear protective clothing like gloves and sometimes use mechanical aids when loading or unloading sheet metal.

Hazard:

Major injuries from operating the bending brake like getting body parts caught, crushed or amputated.

How to Avoid:

Use a certified light curtain that will guard the front of the brake. Install light safety devices that can align the movement of the workpiece and motion sensor devices with guards. Rear, front and side guards can also be used to isolate the point of closure at the die sets, press frame and work piece.

Hazard:

Noisy sheet metal bending brakes can lead to hearing damage or loss when regularly exposed to it.

How to Avoid It:

After assessing the noise levels, arrange hearing screenings for your employees and provide hearing protection like industrial grade ear plugs. Also, by storing your machine in an isolated room with noise barriers, this will decrease noise levels.

Hazard:

Slips, trips and falls which could lead to further injuries.

How to Avoid It:

Provide suitable footwear and keep up-to-date with health and safety training. Also, provide non-slip mats and suitable flooring whilst keeping the area around the brake clear of any hazards.

Hazard:

If you have a hydraulic bending brake, leaking hydraulic oil can lead to skin and eye irritation and breathing difficulties.

How to Avoid It:

Wear protective clothing and never detect leaks with your bare hands. Make sure regular maintenance is undertaken to identify leaks and apply preventative methods to avoid them in the future.

Hazard:

Faulty machinery can lead to injury such as bruising, fractures and cuts.

How to Avoid It:

During repairs, always turn the bending brake off and don’t use until it completely fixed. Keep safety procedures nearby and undertake regular inspections to avoid major faults in the machinery in future.

By following these guidelines, you should be able to avoid these potential hazards and stay safe when operating a sheet metal bending brake. Regarding our sub contract manufacturing services, bending sheet metal is one of our capabilities, so contact us today for any advice or further information.


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