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Powered Press Brakes

Powered Press Brakes

Hazard Overview

Hazard Overview

What is a powered press brake?

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.

Solutions

Solutions

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?

Related resources can be found on the A-Z topics pages for lockout/tagout, medical services and first aid and machine guarding. The Which OSHA Standards Apply webpage can also help identify other standards that may be applicable to your worksite.

Further, the NCDOL Library offers free safety and health videos and related research assistance on consensus standards (i.e., ANSI, NFPA, NEC). 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. Lastly, the consultative services bureau provides free and confidential onsite consultation regarding worksite safety and health hazards.

Regulations

Regulations

Which standards apply?

OSH has adopted the following standards that are applicable to powered press brakes in North Carolina:

 

Learn More

Learn More

Where can I learn more?

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 ask.osh@labor.nc.gov or by calling 919-707-7876.