Their usefulness notwithstanding, conveyors are the most guilty when it comes to worker injuries. Engineering writer James @ Newswire spoke with Conveyor Systems Ltd a Belt Conveyor specialist who told us about the parts of conveyors that lead to the most injuries and actions to be taken to ensure worker safety. So let us take a look at what they said.
The nip point
The nip points are most guilty when it comes to hazards associated with conveyors. They are dangerous as they can easily draw in clothing, hair, tools and limbs. This is especially the case for high powered and high speed conveyors. To avoid this, the two directions of travel of the nip points must be fully guarded.
Couplings, tensioners and transmission components pose hazards to workers. The moving edge of the conveyor belt can be a hazard. In white goods and automotive industries where conveyors typically run overhead, workers must be adequately protected against falling or ejected objects.