9 best practices for working around conveyors
An accident involving a conveyor at a sand and gravel mill recently led to the death of a groundman, according to an accident report released Friday by the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA).
The May 9, 2014, incident involved a 20-year-old groundman with 9 weeks of experience who was killed when he got caught in the feed end of the conveyor. The victim had been unloading a rail car using a mobile barge truck conveyor.
MSHA recommends the following best practices for preventing accidents when working around conveyors:
Establish and discuss safe work procedures before beginning work. Identify and control all hazards associated with the work to be performed and use methods to properly protect persons.
Conduct workplace examinations before beginning any work.
Position mobile conveyors to eliminate exposure of moving parts before operating.
Identify hazards around conveyors systems, design guards and/or emergency stop systems before putting into operation.
Always provide and maintain guarding sufficient to prevent contact with moving machine parts.
Do not wear loose-fitting clothing when working near moving machine parts.
Do not place yourself in a position that will expose you to hazards while performing a task.
Provide and maintain a safe means of access to all working places.
The full accident investigation report is not yet available. For more information about this accident, click here.
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