Working safely with bending machines

Bending machines, like those from Cotswold Machinery Sales are commonly used to bend pipes, bars and sheet metal at precise angles in factories and on building sites. This is not the safest of jobs, so benders must be properly maintained and controlled scrupulously.

Contractors who purchase or employ them for a specific job are particularly at risk, so here are some simple safety tips.

Not all devices for bending are the same. It’s important to get acquainted with the weaknesses of the person you have. If a computer without a manual has been picked up, contact the supplier to see if you can get hold of it. Look for an approved training course or promote an experienced operator as well.

Both heavy and elastic metals are metals, so they can bounce and transform in unpredictable directions. Sharp edges that slice like razors are also present. As a minimum, your PPE should include total safety goggles, heavy-gloves and steel-toed boots. Also needed are protective headwear and padded clothes.

When the bar starts bending toward the roller, the most dangerous moment is. If a guiding hand gets caught between them, nothing can stop the closing of the gap. It is, unfortunately, a common accident.

Properly working bending devices, once in motion, hardly require any manual guidance. If you want to keep them, keep your hands (and other appendages) out of their way.

Routine work lulls us into complacency; we are lulled to sleep by exhaustion. Limit the time you spend on these machines strictly. Do not even try it if you are under the weather or on medication.

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