A belt conveyor is essentially a giant rubber band, stretched tight and threaded through a maze of obstructions and pinch points. This band is then burdened with a heavy load and then pulled at high speed. The forces applied are significant and potentially dangerous. These forces create risks to personnel who are working on or in the vicinity of belt conveyors. Part of the problem is that conveyors have become “part of the landscape.” They are not seen as a hazard, but rather a fact of life, like driving a car or using a phone. The average employee does not see the risks inherent in the conveyor, because they have not been trained to see (and avoid) the risks.
In the linked white-paper, Martin Engineering’s Larry Goldbeck looks at the safety record of conveyors and discusses the proper training to improve this record. He will review the general topics to be included in conveyor training and discuss the site-specific analysis required. He will show how this training can provide a double benefit by improving worker safety while boosting an operation’s overall efficiency.
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