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Safe Conveyor Belt Use - October 2017
Unnecessary workplace accidents can occur when employees do
not think before they act or avoid taking precautions to prevent accidents.
Keeping safety top of mind is especially important when working with potentially
dangerous machinery like conveyor belts. In fact, the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) frequently cites conveyor belt accidents as one of
the top preventable accidents in the workplace.
For example, employees at a paper corporation were removing
wood and bark chips from underneath a moving conveyor belt and shoveling them back
onto the conveyor. An employee went into a narrow opening to remove bark that
had accumulated under the belt. When the worker did so, the shovel caught
between a roller and the underside of the moving conveyor, and pulled the
worker into the machinery. The worker died as a result of the accident. This is
an example of an accident that could have been prevented by exercising conveyor
Familiarize yourself with the following conveyor belt safety
Before You Start a
- Inspect the area to ensure that no one is performing
maintenance, is under the conveyor or within the fall zone.
- Make sure all guards are fitted and that the emergency
stop switch is working properly.
When Working at or
Near a Conveyor
- Wear a hat and safety shoes. Avoid wearing loose-fitting clothes
or jewelry, and make sure that your hair is short or pulled back.
- Do not walk under a moving conveyor.
- Never clean belts, pulleys or drums while the machine is on.
- Do not perform maintenance or repairs while the conveyor is
When Working at a
- Ensure that you can see the system while you are operating
- Follow all lockout and tagout procedures before performing
- Position yourself so that you will not be hit by moving
When Working With an
- Make sure that machine guards are in place to protect
against objects falling on workers below.
- Always know the location of start and stop controls.
- Never step, climb, sit or ride on a conveyor belt.
- Never alter or remove machine guards.
- Never overload a conveyor outside of its design limits.
- Always report unsafe practices to your supervisor.
We’re Counting on You
Conveyor belts make our jobs easier, but must be used in a
safe manner at. If you have any questions or concerns about conveyor belt
safety or operation, contact your supervisor.