Press Brake Safety Information

Essential Press Brake Safety Devices Explained

A press brake is an incredibly powerful machine, so it is essential that its operator takes great care when using it. Some older press brake units might not meet the safety guidelines of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) upon inspection, so if that’s the case with your business, you can simply put a press brake safety device into place instead of having to replace the whole machine.

The OSHA recognizes four basic types of press brakes:

Each kind has its own safety procedures and mechanical or electrical devices that improve its safety. Each link above provides a brief overview of each type’s safeguarding devices.

Understanding Presence Sensing Devices

All types of press brakes put their operator at risk. The job is inherently dangerous, so safety measures are absolutely essential. The OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) approves the use of presence sensing devices on a case by case basis as long as they meet certain criteria as defined on the OSHA website. This article discusses some advantages and accompanying regulations of presence sensing devises (also known as close-proximity point-of-operation AOPDs or active optoelectronic protective devices). Read more…

Osha Acceptance Letter

Laser presence sensing devices were not always recognized as acceptable press brake safety devices. However, after some contention and testing, OSHA approved laser presence sensing devices like the LaserSentry device for use with hydraulic press brakes.

Where to buy ANSI B11.03 2012 Regulations

Safeguarding of Hydraulic Power Press Brakes

Press Brake Safety Guide

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