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Baler Safety Checklists

Easy to use baler safety checklists to help protect operators from baler accidents

Published 16 Aug 2021

What is a Baler Safety Checklist?

A baler safety checklist is a tool used by operators to ensure business compliance with safety protocols to prevent workplace hazards. It helps assess the readiness and condition of the baler machine to protect employees from unnecessary incidents including the likelihood of severe injuries, amputation, and worse fatalities.

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Importance of Baler Safety in the Workplace

Baler machines are used with high compression force to compact scrap and refuse material into bundles for efficient handling. Baler safety in the workplace helps protect operators from workplace hazards; boost employee productivity and efficiency; implement proper usage of baler machines; and maintain baler in good working conditions.

How to Effectively Implement Baler Safety

Baling machines are used across industries including agriculture, industrial, and manufacturing. It helps reduce a large amount of scrap into compact waste for easy handling, disposal, and transport. Implementing baler safety in the workplace is paramount to prevent unnecessary incidents and maintain a safe working environment for operators. The following tips will help effectively implement baller safety.

Baler Safety Training

It is important to know the basic baler standard operating procedure before using the equipment. Baler machines may operate in a manual, semi-automatic, or automatic mode. Operators should undergo training in safe work methods including information on policies, procedures, manufacturing details, and safety precautions before assigning them to operate the equipment. Operators should understand the different risks such as electrical, physical, and ergonomic hazards prior to operating the machine.

Baler Safety Operating Tips

Employers should restrict unauthorized employees from touching the baler machine. Only trained operators should use, clean, and maintain balers. Wearing appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including safety glasses, gloves, and steel-toed shoes may be required during the operation. Here are some safety tips when using a baler:

  • Post appropriate baler safety warning signs.
  • Inspect Baler prior to each use to ensure safe operation. Check if there is a lock or tag placed on the baler.
  • Don’t operate the baler machine if there are defects found during baler safety inspection.
  • Check if there are inappropriate objects including glass, liquid wastes, and metal before compaction.
  • Don’t stand at the front of the baler when compaction starts.
  • Shut down the baler machine when clearing jams.
  • Always put the sharp (cut) end of the baling wire in a face-down position to avoid injuries.
  • Always keep wires, cutters, and other tools away from the baler when unloading.
  • Ask for assistance when moving the stack to avoid musculoskeletal injuries
  • Remove the key from the switch after use to prevent unauthorized operations.
  • Clean the baler and the floor area after use.

Baler Inspection

It’s important to inspect the baler machine regularly to check for defects or damages. It’s recommended to inspect the Baler everyday, before and after each use. It helps ensure worksite safety and continuous operation. Neglecting this can incur costs since underlying issues won’t be resolved and it prevents the baler from running at its peak performance.

Baler Maintenance

 A regular check helps maintain equipment reliability and improve its efficiency. Early defect or damage detection can save both time and money if repaired immediately. Having consistent documentation of repairs and diagnostics can help identify broader trends and support future investigations.

Advantages of Baler Safety with iAuditor

Avoid the hassle of using pen and paper when performing baler safety inspections and spend less time completing the inspection form without compromising quality and safety. Replace paper-based baler safety inspection forms with a digital checklist for easy turn over of reports and record-keeping.

With iAuditor by SafetyCulture, the operators can:

  • conduct baler safety inspections with the use of a mobile or tablet devices anytime, anywhere;
  • capture unlimited photo evidence, annotate, and add notes of damaged parts of the baler machine for easy repair references;
  • assign corrective actions to appropriate team members of the organization;
  • generate comprehensive reports as they complete the baler safety inspection form;
  • instantly share completed inspections with business owners or any member of the organization;
  • keep all baler safety reports securely in the cloud.

SafetyCulture Content Specialist

Jona Tarlengco

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.