Conveyors are one of the best productivity-enhancing tools available, but conveyor injuries cost employers millions of dollars annually. Recently, severe injuries from conveyors have increased. The main hazards related to belt conveyors are mechanical, including moving components that can cause damage by entrapment in nip points, abrasion and burns, as well as pinching zones that can cause damage by shearing and crushing
All of these hazards are preventable with the right training, preparation and safety precautions. Because of the size of their material cargos, the speed of their operation, and the amount of energy they consume and contain, conveyors have shown to be a leading cause of industrial accidents, including serious injuries and fatalities.
This presentation will discuss 5 strategies that can keep workers safe around belt conveyors. It will discuss the likelihood of an accident and the cost of that accident as well as specific actions a company can take to reduce that likelihood. We will share case studies and real life examples of conveyor injuries and discuss how they could have been avoided.
- Learn how to properly block out a belt against unexpected motion, even when it is locked out.
- Discuss conveyor guarding (MSHA regulations and best practices shared from other countries).
- Learn how to effectively train employees to work safely around conveyors.
- Identify and mitigate the biggest culprit in conveyor accidents.