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Proper Steel Strapping Sealer Operation Techniques

Steel strapping and steel strapping tools are used for securing bundles of materials on pallets for shipping and storage. The steel strapping sealers crimp and cut the straps to form a tight seal around the load. While steel strapping sealers provide an efficient securing method, the tools can pose safety hazards if not handled properly. Following safe operating protocols is crucial.

Understand the Steel Strapping Sealer

Steel strapping sealers are handheld tools that crimp and cut steel strapping banding to bind loads. Most sealers have two main handles that leverage the crimping/cutting components when squeezed. Sealers typically operate using hydraulic or battery-powered electric motors. The crimping inserts have circular indenters that seal overlapping strap sections by pressing them together. Meanwhile, a steel blade housed in the sealer head cuts the strap material. Understanding the tool’s mechanisms will help avoid pinch points and cuts during operation.

Inspect Prior to Use

Thoroughly inspect the entire steel strapping sealer before use each day. Check for:

  • Cracks in housing
  • Damaged or worn crimping inserts
  • Loose, missing, or broken parts
  • Motor issues – strange noises, leaks in hydraulics
  • Improper blade retraction
  • Battery charge level if powered electrically
  • Other visible signs of abnormal wear/damage

Do not use any sealer that is not in perfect working order. Malfunctioning components put the operator at serious risk of tool failure and personal injury. Promptly remove damaged sealers from service for repair by qualified technicians.

Proper Protective Gear

Working with steel strapping sealers poses various injury hazards from cuts to crushing. Wearing appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is mandatory for safety. This includes:

  • Cut-5 full finger resistant gloves
  • Safety glasses with side shields
  • Steel toe boots
  • Long sleeve shirt and pants

Ensure no clothing, hair, or jewelry can become caught in moving sealer parts and tie back long hair. This protective gear forms a critical safety barrier for tool operators.

Safe Work Zone Set Up

Fully clear and prep the steel strapping operation work area prior to use. Eliminate slip/trip hazards and obstructions that can cause falls into operating sealers. Cover sufficient workspace for moving bundles in and out of the area smoothly. Ensure adequate throughway space exists around sealers if multiple operators work simultaneously on large loads. Lighting must be bright enough for clear strap placement and sealer accuracy. shutting down all machinery before changing damaged strap coils. Lastly, locate the first aid kit and fire extinguisher nearby when sealing.

Proper Operator Stance & Hand Placement

Maintaining proper position while strapping pallets helps prevent awkward movements that can increase safety risks. Face the load straight on. Keep feet shoulder width apart for stability and balance. Bend knees slightly rather than bending at the waist. Ensure non-dominant hand has hold of the strapping coil to keep tension. Place dominant hand across the top of the sealer with palm securely on rear handle. Having the second hand incorrectly positioned on the crimping side increases pinch point hazards. Lean body slightly away from tool as added separation margin. Follow exact handle motions for even crimping pressure.

Tool Maintenance & Storage

Follow all owner manual guidelines for steel sealer maintenance. Regularly inspect, clean, and lubricate components per instructions. Check blade sharpness and replace dull blades immediately with correct spare part replacements. Store the powered sealer properly during non-use by disconnecting battery, engaging safety locks, and covering tool to reduce dust buildup. Fully recharge electric battery-powered sealers before complete energy drain. For manual sealers, keep the tool in a securely locked cabinet when not in use. Proper care promotes continued safe functioning.

By understanding how to operate steel strapping sealers, sealers prep areas hazard-free, wearing appropriate PPE, and following safe operating procedures, steel strapping tasks can remain incident-free. However, stay alert and exercise maximum caution when working with tensioned steel strapping as injuries occur swiftly if procedures are not followed. Seek additional training from manufacturers and supervisors to further improve expertise in working with steel strapping sealers for injury-free loading.