Conveyor System Safety

UMD’s conveyor systems can be purpose-built for virtually any materials handling application imaginable. Whatever their use, workers who come in close contact with conveyor systems should take care to maintain the proper safety practices demanded by these specialized pieces of equipment.

Use the following tips to make sure you and members of your team remain safe when working around conveyor systems.

Do not let your body come in contact with the conveyor at any time. This means no sitting, standing, riding on or touching the conveyor, even when turned off. Failing to keep clear of a moving conveyor could lead to serious injury and/or damage to the equipment. Always be sure that all personnel are clear of the equipment before starting.

In addition to keeping clear of the conveyor, it is important to avoid the risk of entanglement by loose items of clothing. Never wear any dangling or loose-fitting clothes, jewelry, or other items near conveyor systems, and be sure that long hair is safely secured.

Never load a conveyor while the system is stopped. This simple measure can help prevent wear and tear on the equipment, since starting with added weight can introduce undue friction into the system’s moving parts.

Do not perform maintenance on conveyor until the system has come to a complete stop and has been disconnected from all sources of power (or blocked in the case of gravity-fed systems). All maintenance should be performed by properly trained personnel only.

Always operate conveyor systems with safety covers and guards in place. If removed for maintenance or cleaning, return all guards and safety measures to their proper location before using the equipment.

Never modify or use conveyor controls for any reason other than their intended purpose. Be sure to note the location of all conveyor start/stop controls in case an emergency stop is necessary.

Maintain a clean workspace free of debris, oil, and other trip hazards to avoid unintentional contact with conveyors. Only clean the working area while conveyors are safely powered down.

Report any issues (maintenance needs, other potentially unsafe conditions) to a supervisor immediately.

Though far from comprehensive, these tips provide the basics needed to maintain a safe working relationship with conveyor systems.

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