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Free white paper explains conveyor guarding

Free white paper explains conveyor guarding

Procter Machine Guarding has published a White Paper, Conveyor Guarding - Safeguarding the hazards presented by conveyors, that discusses the hazards associated with conveyors, the regulations and standards relating to conveyor guarding, and approaches for adequately and cost-effectively safeguarding conveyors without adversely affecting productivity.

Powered conveyors are prevalent in most industries for transporting discrete items or bulk solids. Nevertheless, conveyors account for a large number of injuries to workers, sometimes with fatal consequences. Typical injuries sustained are crush injuries, soft tissue damage, broken bones, and severed fingers and limbs.

Procter's White Paper gives examples of conveyor-related accidents and subsequent prosecutions by the HSE, outlines relevant regulations, standards and published guidance, and explains the need for risk assessments and CE marking.

There is also a discussion of conveyor hazards and safeguards, and readers are reminded that there may be requirements relating to control systems if the conveyor is operating in conjunction with an adjoining machine.

Other sections in the White Paper discuss the importance of maintaining productivity when installing new safeguards, how to guard conveyors as cost-effectively as possible without compromising productivity or safety, and additional measures that may be necessary, such as safe working practices.

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