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February 01, 2011
Machine Guarding: Thermoforming Trim Station

The trim station is often air operated and contains the cutting assembly. The cutting assembly on the trim station uses hydraulic pressure to finish the die cutting process. A toggle system is used to extend and retract the trim die. During the forming and trimming process, employees are not exposed to the hazardous areas of the machinery unless they reach into/over the guarded areas.

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Potential Hazards:

Crushing injuries or amputations may occur if hands or limbs are placed beneath the blades or between the molds or other hazardous areas while the machine cycles.

Cuts due to contact with sharp edges and blades.

Contact with live electric circuits that may cause electric shocks.

Burns caused by heated knife blade.

Contact with chains causing employee to be caught in machine.

Excessive noise level.

Possible Solutions:

Follow lockout/tagout procedures during servicing, cleaning and other maintenance tasks.

Use proper tools and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) during servicing, cleaning and maintenance.

Use fixed barrier guards, interlocked gates, or adjustable barrier guards that are properly adjusted to prevent access.

Guard chains to prevent access.

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

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