MSHA Alert: Conveyor Safety

May 6, 2013

427fatalgramThe Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has released the investigation report on an April 27, 2013, fatality at a surface gypsum operation. The incident involved a 58-year-old mechanic with 2 years of experience who was killed when he was clearing a blockage on a mobile track-mounted crusher and became entangled in the discharge conveyor.

MSHA recommends the following best practices for conveyor work:

  • Establish policies and procedures for conducting specific tasks on belt conveyors.

  • Before beginning any work, ensure that persons are task trained and understand the hazards associated with the work to be performed.

  • Do not perform work on a belt conveyor until the power is off, locked, and tagged, and machinery components are blocked against motion.

  • Provide emergency stop mechanisms at the control panel(s) and at ground level where maintenance or repair work is performed.

  • Provide appropriate controls to protect any person working near a stalled conveyor from unexpected motion.

  • Maintain communications with all persons performing the task. Before starting belt conveyors, ensure that all persons are clear.

To view the full accident report, click here.

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