Pressroom Safety - page 8

machinery and cause damage. This kind of emergency could startle the operator and cause an unsafe
6. Accumulations of waste products such as paper dust, oil, and ink should be cleaned from the press platforms,
stairs, and floor to prevent falls that could cause injury.
7. Access cover plates should never be left open to present a hazard that could result in a serious injury or fall.
8. Before performing any operation that could endanger other personnel, you should properly alert them of your
1. Always keep fingers clear of cylinders, rollers, and nip points. Never attempt to wipe any cylinders or rollers
while the press is in motion. Wiping rags can be pulled into the press taking your hand with it, causing serious
2. Ink rollers and cylinders should never be wiped while the press is in motion.
3. No one should be in the aisle between printing units while the press is running.
4. Never attempt to clear paper jams in the unit with the machine in motion. Be certain the press is stopped and
placed in "LOCK-OUT".
5. Periodically check the plates for looseness or cracks.
6. Do not attempt to remove hickies while the press is moving.
1. Avoid tripping and slipping by keeping tools, scrap paper, ink, oil, and other debris clear of ladders, steps, and
2. When railings are provided as hand assists and safety barriers, they should be used only for that purpose.
Never sit or lean on railings.
3. For safety always descend ladders facing the rungs.
1. Be sure to put the press on "LOCK-OUT” before cleaning or any maintenance. Remember, rolls are driven by
web tension from the printing units.
2. Make certain the core shaft is the correct length for the rollstand.
3. Never attempt to load paper rolls without the safety collar in place on the core shaft. Without the collar you
may be injured if the roll of paper slips from the hoist while being loaded into the press. Never stand under a
roll for any reason.
4. Be sure to use the center lift location on the lifting bar for full width rolls, and the offset lift location for half
width rolls.
5. Be sure the lifting hook safety latch is engaged and working correctly.
6. Inspect the roll hoist cables regularly. Check for fraying, kinks, or loose fittings. Paper roll hoists can cause
serious injury if press personnel are not clear when paper rolls are being lifted. Any deterioration of hoist
equipment that presents a safety hazard should be corrected immediately.
7. Keep hands clear of the lifter bar and hooks when hoisting.
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