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Last Updated: 2019-05-01 8:47
A number of accidents involving conveyor belts can be attributed to accessibility to danger zones. The majority of these occur during maintenance activities with conveyors still in operation and danger zones unprotected.
Preventative measures must be implemented in order that work on or near conveyors can be performed safely. Right from the design stage, worker exposure to hazards must be controlled by reducing the frequency of under-conveyor clean-ups, conveyor maintenance, removing jams, etc. This guide suggests possible preventative measures but they are by no means exhaustive. In many situations, the risk must be analyzed before any preventative measures are implemented.
This guide is composed of two sections. Section 1 provides definitions, information on conveyor belt accidents, an overview of mechanical hazards and applicable legal requirements. Section 2 discusses risk assessment and hazard control procedures, specific safeguards against mechanical and other hazards, safeguards against hazards encountered during maintenance, and training for operators and maintenance personnel.
This guide is directed mainly to workers, technicians, supervisors, joint health and safety committee members, and other interested parties.
Conveyor design and modification for enhanced safety are discussed in Sécurité des convoyeurs à courroie : guide du concepteur (A Designer’s Guide to Conveyor Belt Safety).
An entire chapter is devoted to operational problems and diagnostics and includes suggested solutions for consideration in the problem solving process. In another chapter, a fault tree illustrates links between conveyor defects and accidents. Sécurité des convoyeurs à courroie: guide du concepteur (A Designer’s Guide to Conveyor Belt Safety) targets engineers, designers, conveyor belt manufacturers and maintenance managers.