Manufacturer of Hydraulic Presses

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July 22, 2011

A U.S. company has just been fined almost $100,000 following a January workplace incident in which an employee lost three fingers while operating a hydraulic brake press. The company was found liable for a number of safety violations, including exposure to unguarded machinery and the absence of adequate guarding. According to Allianz, a U.K. company that deals in engineering insurance, brake presses can be one of the most dangerous pieces of machinery on a workshop floor if safety procedures aren’t respected. When accidents occur, they are often serious and involve the loss of fingers or even a complete hand.

Employers and employees must be sure to adhere to these safety measures from the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety wherever industrial machinery is used:

• Check and adjust all safety devices before each job.
• Ensure that guards are in position and in good working condition before operating.
• Ensure all machines have a start/stop button within easy reach of the operator.
• Each machine should have only one operator at one time. However, everyone should know how to stop the machine in an emergency.
• Keep work area clean, well swept, and well lit. Floors should be level and have a non-slip surface.
• Ensure there is enough room around the machine to do the job safely.
• Obtain first aid immediately for all injuries.
• Use the appropriate safety equipment for the job. Wear CSA-certified safety glasses with side shields or goggles. Prescription eye glasses are not substitutes for safety glasses.
• Wear appropriate safety footwear.
• Wear respiratory protection where required.

RK machinery build high quality and reliable H-frame press, C-frame press and hydraulic press brakes. With the multiple features of our presses which are both standard and optional, we know that our hydraulic presses are not only good, they are operator friendly. We offer a front security guard which increases operator safety, important to us and to your business. Our strict adherence to quality standards ensures sound, safe and reliable machinery. For all your hydraulic-press requirements, contact RK Machinery today.