A press brake is a machine tool for bending sheet and plate material, most commonly, sheet metal.
What are the hazards associated with powered press brakes?
Exposure to point of operation injuries even though the operator is not usually required to place their hands or any body part into the point of operation. Sometimes as the piecepart bends up, a hazard may be created between the part and the front face of the slide. Operating controls, especially foot pedals, introduce the possibility of accidental cycling.
What can I do to protect myself?
Your employer can safeguard press brakes using: presence sensing devices; two-hand control devices; pullback devices; or a restraint system.
What resources are available to assist employers?
Safety and Health Programs
Example lockout/tagout programs are available which should be customized to fit workplace conditions and equipment.
Training and Outreach Services
This lockout/tagout presentation and machinery and machine guarding presentation are available and can assist employers in training their staff. The presentations should be modified to address site-specific conditions and hazards.
In addition, the education, training and technical assistance bureau provides free online safety and health training and outreach services (i.e., speaker's bureau requests, safety booths) upon request.
Further, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos (including streaming video services) and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC).
A-Z Safety and Health Topics
The consultative services bureau provides free and confidential onsite consultation regarding worksite safety and health hazards.
Which standards apply?
OSH has adopted the following standards which are applicable to powered press brakes in North Carolina. Note: Please also check the standards information and activity webpage to see if there has been any recent or upcoming regulatory activity on this topic.
29 CFR 1910.147 - control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
29 CFR 1910.212 - machine guarding, general requirements for all machines
Other Applicable Standards
The Which OSHA Standards Apply webpage can also help identify other standards that may be applicable to your worksite.
Where can I learn more?
Industry Guide 49 - OSHA General Industry Standards Requiring Programs, Inspections, Procedures, Records and/or Training provides requirements for standards related to powered press brakes in general industry.
Compliance Directive: CPL 02-01-025 (formerly CPL 2-1.25) Guidelines for Point of Operation Guarding of Power Press Brakes establishes enforcement policy and provides an explanation of applicable standards to ensure uniform enforcement.
If you would like to receive interpretive guidance on this or any other OSH standard or topic, you can submit your questions using the Ask OSH web form, by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 919-707-7876.