Machine Guarding eTool
Presses » Hydra-Mechanical Presses
This press combines hydraulic and mechanical operations into one system. Hydra-mechanical presses consist of two basic models: one is actuated by a mechanical treadle/pedal and the other is actuated by an electric foot switch or palm buttons with a complete control system.
A hand or other body part near the point of operation during cycling can result in severe injury.
Operating controls, especially foot pedals, introduce the possibility of accidental cycling.
In forming large pieces, the operator must hold the stock and cycle the press with a foot pedal. As the work stroke begins, the stock will move up or down, creating a hazard.
General machine guards (barrier guards, two-hand tripping devices, electronic safety devices, etc.) must be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards created by point of operation, nip points, etc. [29 CFR 1910.212(a)(1)]