03 Jan Vertical Baler Safety
We hope everyone had a safe holiday season; today I want to talk about vertical baler safety. It is very important to keep your baler in safe working order, to prevent workplace injuries or even fatalities. A simple safety checkup performed periodically will help prevent unnecessary workplace hazards.
Below are some suggestions for making your baler safer.
Check that all signs and warnings are in place and in good condition:
- Name plates and decals installed
- Warning Labels, these include age restrictions, bale ejection caution, watch fingers, and close gate labels.
- Operation Instructions
- Danger High Voltage Label
Check the following control functions:
- On/Off Keyswitch
- Man/Auto Selector Switch
- Start Button
- Emergency Stop Button
- Bale Full Light (If Applicable)
Check the General Operation of the Baler:
- First check that the baler does not work with the gate up.
- Make the baler runs properly; this includes the ram moving up and down in the correct way.
- Do a spot check of the structure of the baler, make sure all welds look secure and are structurally sound.
- Check to make sure that all the electrical connections are in good condition.
- Look for leaks on the hydraulics on the baler, this includes pump, cylinder and oil reservoir.
Please be aware of any safety hazards with your baler, safety should be important to your facility. If you need anything safety related, please contact us at 216-252-8090, we would be happy to speak with you about how we can assist in your baler safety.