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Safe Work Practices for your Baler

- September 5, 2014 by Terio Duran (View all posts by Terio)

Balers can save a tremendous amount of time, money and energy by compacting card board and other materials down to manageable sizes. If safe work practices are not followed, balers can be dangerous and cause severe injuries and even death.

Here are some safe work practices to follow when operating your baler:

  • Never use a baler unless you have been trained and authorized to operate it.
  • Always read and follow the baler manufacturer’s safety recommendations and procedures, caution and warning labels.
  • Never, ever, reach inside a baler machine while it is in operation.
  • Never climb into or onto a baler machine while it is in operation.
  • Never remove protective guards or bypass safety devices on a baler.
  • Never operate a baler that is not functioning correctly or is missing guards.
  • Immediately report all maintenance problems to your supervisor or authorized maintenance personnel.
  • Never attempt to troubleshoot mechanical problems or remove jams unless you have been authorized to do so and always use lockout/tagout procedures.
  • Avoid distractions and always stay focused when operating or working around a baler.
  • In most states, you must be at least 18 years old in order to operate a baler.
  • Wear all required personal protective equipment recommended by the baler manufacturer.
  • Prevent tripping or slipping hazards by maintaining good housekeeping and organization around your baler.

If your employees use a baler, you should have documentation showing that they received training on how to use it properly. If you haven’t done this, these safe work practices can be reviewed with your employees. Be sure to cover any safety issues that are specific to your baler or work place during this training.

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