Hazard: Conveyors are one of the best productivity-enhancing tools available to warehouses and distribution centers, but conveyor injuries in the U.S. cost employers millions of dollars every year. For example, employees can be injured when they are caught in pinch points or in the in-going nip points, are hit by falling products or develop musculoskeletal disorders associated with awkward positions or repetitive motions.

Safety Solutions

  • Inspect conveyor systems on a regular basis to ensure they are in proper operating condition.
  • Do not perform service on a conveyor until the motor disconnect is locked/tagged out.
  • Service the conveyor with only authorized maintenance personnel.
  • Keep clothing, fingers, hair, and other parts of the body away from conveyor.
  • Do not climb, step, sit, or ride on the conveyor at any time.
  • Do not load the conveyor in excess of the design limitations.
  • Do not remove or alter conveyor guards or safety divides.
  • Ensure that pinch points are adequately guarded.
  • Be sure that you know the location and function of all stop/start controls.
  • Keep all starting/stopping control devices free from obstructions.
  • Only trained personnel should be allowed to operate the conveyor system.
  • Keep the area around conveyors clear of obstructions.

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