Conveyors, as with any mechanical or electrical device, can cause safety issues to operators or anyone who works near or around them. Every year people are hurt or killed as a result of accidents on conveyors. Below is a list of simple rules that anyone working on, near or around conveyors should be well versed on:
It may seem like common sense but it happens more often than you would like to believe, and usually results in injury or damage to the conveyor.
Never run, or allow the conveyor to be run, without the guards or covers securely in place. Guards are there for a reason and running the conveyor without them could result in serious injury.
Conveyors can be dangerous, both mechanically and electrically, to those who do not thoroughly understand the equipment and how to safely work on it.
Conveyor controls can be very important in the safe running of a conveyor, this includes any kind of electrical or mechanical device used during conveyor operation.
One of the most common ways to get injured by a conveyor is to get clothing, hair or a body part dragged in by a roller. It is imperative that workers (or anyone near the conveyor) keep their hands off the conveyor whilst it’s running.
In case of an emergency all controls need to visible and easily accessible to anyone working on the conveyor.
In order to ensure that your conveyor is running safely and efficiently it is important to keep it, and the area around it, clean and free of debris. However it is unsafe to carry out any cleaning or maintenance on the conveyor whilst it is powered and operating.
Untrained people trying to clear conveyor jams could result in injury and/or damaged equipment.