Conveyor System Safety

Conveyor System Safety

Improve Productivity by Prioritizing Safety

Many warehouses and distribution centers utilize conveyor systems every day to help get products from point A to point B. Conveyors boost productivity and minimize cost over time by increasing efficiency and reducing the need for man power and heavy equipment. The versatility and utility of conveyor systems allow users to streamline their processes and get products out the door and in front of customers more quickly and easily.

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With that said, a conveyor system is only as good as the people utilizing it. Without proper training on safety and usage, personnel working the conveyors are more subject to injuries which can cause major slow downs in the production line.

Know the Hazards

Some hazards to be aware of when working with conveyor systems include:
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  • Pinch points and nip points that can cause direct injury to personnel

  • Improper ergonomics leading to back pains and strains

  • Poor product placement on or above/near the conveyor that can result in a product falling and injuring an employee

  • Overloading the conveyor which can cause machinery breakdown, overheating, or collapse

  • Unsafe maintenance

Preventing Injury

While it is always important to be aware that these hazards exist, there are several ways to prevent injury at a conveyor system. Solutions include:
  • Conducting regular safety inspections

    Safety inspections or audits should be done routinely to all equipment is in proper working condition. Contact us to schedule a safety audit today.

  • Guarding pinch points

    Place guards on all pinch or nip points such as gears, chains, and more to protect personnel from painful lost-time injuries.

  • Training personnel on lock-out, tag-out

    Train all employees on lock-out, tag-out practices to ensure safe maintenance of machinery.

  • Implementing proper ergonomics

    Use proper lighting and implement an ergonomic work station by placing conveyors at a height that minimizes bending and reaching and allows personnel to maintain proper posture, invest in ergonomic floor mats for employees to stand on, etc.

  • Avoiding overload

    Make all personnel aware of the conveyors maximum weight capacity to avoid overloading the machinery.

  • Removing loose items from personnel

    Have personnel remove jewelry, tie back their hair, and wear tight clothing when working on a conveyor system to avoid loose items from getting caught in the moving conveyor or its parts.

  • Training workers on machinery shut down

    All personnel should be trained on how to shut down equipment in case of emergency. Controls should be placed in an easily accessible location.

  • Using warning labels

    Keep all warning and proper use labels in place and up to date at all times.

Prioritizing safety in the workplace ultimately increases the output of a warehouse or distribution center by minimizing lost time injuries and equipment downtime. If your facility uses conveyors or plans to use conveyors in the future, be sure to have all personnel properly trained on safe use so you can keep your products moving and your productivity on the rise.

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