In as much as the introduction of conveyor systems in industries has greatly reduced the number of work related injuries, they still pose a risk themselves. With the right practice, there is no need for any of your employees to suffer injuries as a result of mishandling of the conveyor belt. Here are the top dos and don’ts for handling conveyor belts.
1. Do keep away your clothes, hair and body parts away from the conveyor. Getting any of these caught up in conveyor is the number one cause for injuries. When the conveyor is on, employees should be trained to stay away from it. And even if they need to handle something on it, they should ensure that they have no hanging clothes or hair that can get caught up. If you have visitors whom you are showing around then it is important that they too are briefed on the importance of staying away from the conveyor.
2. Do ensure that there is no one near the equipment when it starts. Regulations require that a warning sound be given when the equipment is about to be switched on. This will help employees know to avoid the machines when they are being switched on.
3. Do make sure you and your employees know where all the start and stop buttons are in case of an emergency. The last thing you want is for an employee or visitor to get caught up in the conveyor belt and the rest not know how to switch the machine off. If the controls are not marked well, have them marked and show all your employees where they are.
4. Do have a trained technician to conduct regular checks on the whole system to ensure that everything is working as it should.
1. Don’t step, climb, stand or sit on the conveyor at any point. Not only is that dangerous if the system is switched on, but you could also damage the machine, especially if it is not equipped to handle heavy weights. It may look like fun to ride along on a conveyor belt but a piece of clothing, hair or body part can get stuck posing a great danger.
2. Unless you are a technician or service contractor, do not remove the safety divides or the guards. These have been put in place specifically to prevent accidents. They should only be removed during routine maintenance and repairs. Just to be safe, lock out sections of the factory where conveyors are being repaired. Also, do not switch them on until all the safety guards have been put back into place.
3. Do not do any maintenance or repairs on a conveyor whose electrical power sources are still connected. Make sure they are all disconnected first, whether the conveyor runs on hydraulics, air or electricity.
4. Ensure that non-qualified personnel do not make any modifications to the controls. This could put them and other employees in danger.