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February 01, 2011
Machine Guarding: Pneumatic Press

The pneumatic press derives its primary mechanical action from a pressure source by means of compressed air.The operator is responsible for feeding or placing the stock on the bottom die, seeing that it is properly positioned, activating the press cycle with a pressure control switch, and removing the completed part.

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Potential Hazards

Point of Operation

As with other presses, the main hazard areas are located in or around the point of operation. Material can be sharp, slippery, or difficult to grasp.

Solutions:

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.

Guards must not create hazards themselves, and must be attached to the machine where possible.

Use special hand tools to keep hands away from point of operation.

Inspect machine guards on a regular basis.

For more information on Machine Guarding, see this OSHA guideline.

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