Over fifty workplace fatalities a year occur where conveyors are the primary source of injury, according to the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. Workplace injuries account for nearly 25 percent of all workers' compensation claims and up to 35 percent of all associated costs. When it comes to efficiency and company productivity, conveyors are key, but when misused both workers and companies suffer.
A Plus Warehouse, a leading national provider of industrial equipment, has been selling all types of heavy duty industrial conveyors business-to-business for over a decade and sells only the safest, most effective products.
Ed Stairman, President of A Plus Warehouse offers these conveyor safety tips that can save companies' time, money and most importantly, help employers fulfill occupational health and safety obligations.
- Inspect your conveyors on a regular basis. Contact the manufacturer or an outside engineering firm who is certified to inspect your conveyors and employs an all-inclusive checklist. In addition, plant managers and operators should conduct regular inspections on a weekly or monthly schedule.
- Netting or other protective guarding should be installed to protect against falling products. Protection should also be installed in areas where employees or pedestrians may be walking. Climbing on or over conveyors must be prohibited. If employees must cross over a conveyor, stairs and railing should be constructed or a section of the conveyor must fold up to accommodate safe access.
- Install an emergency shutoff device to prevent back-ups, over-stacking and falling product at the ends of conveyors. Over-stacking exposes employees to manual material handling, which can cause stoppage and product damage.
- Post safety signage and install alarms and warning lights to alert employees when the system starts and stops. Confirm that all emergency controls are fully functional.
- Provide appropriate lighting and flooring surfaces in the area surrounding conveyors. Special floor mats can enhance employee comfort and safety. Confirm that conveyor height is adjustable at both the feeding and removal end to accommodate employee height. Adjustable pallet stackers further reduce the need for bending and lifting.
All the industrial conveyors listed on the A Plus Warehouse Web site are manufactured by the most respected companies in the industrial supply business and tested to ensure they meet or surpass all industry standards.
For more information call 800-209-8798 or visit www.apluwhs.com.