Now that you have made the wise decision to purchase a Harmony Enterprises baler or compactor, please be sure to read all safety guidelines found in your owner’s manual before operating your new equipment.
Safety Guidelines For Harmony Equipment
Harmony Enterprises balers are intended to bale recyclable materials including corrugated cardboard, newspapers, and high and low-density recyclable plastics. Any materials other than these common commodities should be authorized by your local distributor. Any unauthorized material baled in this machine could injure the operator as well as cause substantial damage to the baler and void the manufacturer’s warranty.
Our balers are intended for use in an indoor-protected environment and not designed for outdoor-unprotected use. Drastic temperature changes and high moisture levels can affect the performance of this machine. Please consult your local distributor or the factory for any questions or concerns.
Harmony Enterprises compactors are designed to reduce waste storage and pick-up expense. They also help eliminate vermin, odor problems, and unsightly waste. Operation is safe and simple.
It is the responsibility of the end-user to properly install the Harmony Enterprises baler or compactor unless other arrangements have been made with your distributor. All equipment must be installed in accordance with all local, state, and federal codes, and within manufacture’s guidelines. Consult your distributor or the factory with any questions before attempting installation.
For Operating Guidelines, please refer to the individual Owners Manual you received with your baler or compactor. If you need an additional Owners Manual, please contact us at 888-474-2253 (if you live in the U.S.) or 507-886-6666 (If you live outside the U.S.). You may also reach us at [email protected].
The safety of the operator has been of prime importance in designing Harmony Enterprises balers and compactors. All Harmony Enterprises balers and compactors are equipped with numerous safety devices to protect the operator.
With the key-operated switch, equipment operation can be monitored and controlled by supervisory personnel. The switch may be locked in the off position and cannot be altered without access to the key.
On all our equipment, the platen will not start moving unless both doors, loading, and unloading, are closed and secured. This prevents access to the loading chamber, protecting the operator from potential injury. Any attempt to open the loading door after the baling or compacting cycle has been engaged will stop the platen.
It is the employer’s responsibility to take appropriate action to ensure all employees and operating personnel understand and adhere to all safe operating procedures. In the event that the operator of this baler is unable to read in English, it is the employer’s responsibility to translate these instructions either verbally or in writing so that the operator fully understands the operation of this baler.
All employees and qualified operating personnel must completely understand the following procedures for safe operation of the baler.
- Never enter the chamber. Do not put hands or feet in or near the chamber when the machine is in operation. Always disconnect power before servicing machine and place a sign on baler stating “UNDER REPAIR DO NOT USE”.
- No one under the age of 18 may operate this equipment. No one under 16 may load material into this unit. Failure to abide may violate federal law.
- Install equipment to meet all OSHA and ANSI safety requirements.
*Do not bale any volatile or combustible materials in your equipment.
- Any attempts to process unauthorized materials such as glass, concrete, steel, wood, tanks, or containers could cause serious injury and damage to the baler or compactor.
- Stand clear of the equipment while in operation and when ejecting bales from vertical balers. Keep working area clean and dry with no obstructions. Do not stack things on equipment.
- Safety shields, access panels, and all safety switches and devices shall be maintained to function at all times to protect personnel and meet safety standards.
- Avoid all contact with hydraulic fluid. If an injury results from contact with fluid consult a doctor immediately. Do not operate baler if hydraulic fluid is leaking in any area.
- Inspect hydraulic hoses, fittings, and electrical connections before cycling equipment. Do not use if repairs are needed.
- Repair work should be done by trained service personnel. Contact distributor or manufacturer for instructions on how to proceed when repairs are needed.
- Whenever service or work is performed on your equipment please follow the Lock-Out/Tag-Out procedure. Make sure that each of the following steps are taken.
- Disconnect all electrical power to the baler or compactor.
- Place a lock on the power source and place a warning tag that reads, “UNDER REPAIR DO NOT USE” on the power source and on the baler or compactor.
- Always double check to confirm that the unit has no power by testing for voltage on the control panel with a voltmeter.
- Remove all hydraulic stored energy in the hydraulic circuit by manually shifting the solenoid valve. Press in on the center ends of valve.
- When the job is complete, be sure everyone is out of danger before removing the lock and tags.
- Reconnect all electrical power to the baler or compactor.