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February 28, 2011

Prevent Injuries with Conveyor Safety Equipment


Return idlers should be guarded wherever employees could contact them. Guarding return idlers may be required where employees work or travel beneath the belt.

The ASGCO Return Idler Guard was designed to prevent injuries from pinch points and to catch the return idler if it should fall.

Conveyor Operators need to understand the types of guards and systems. Specific training is a crucial part of any effective equipment guarding system. Training should involve instruction and/or hands-on training in the following:

  • Identify and describe the hazards associated with specific equipment.
  • How do the safety equipment guards installed provide protection for specific conveyor moving parts and equipment.
  • How, and under what circumstances, can the equipment guards be safely removed and when must the equipment guards be replaced.
  • What to do if an equipment guard is damaged or missing.

This kind of conveyor safety training is necessary for new employees and maintenance personnel. Additional training or retraining is necessary when changes are made to guarding systems. Training may be required when employees are assigned to different equipment and/or locations.

Employers need to evaluate and determine what primary safeguarding methods are required. Depending on the application, conveyors need to have mechanical guards to protect employers from nip points, shear points, and other moving parts.

The importance of ensuring safety in the workplace has long been recognized by ASGCO. Our conveyor safety equipment and guarding line complies with MSHA Title 30 (MSHA Accepted – #MSHA IC – 174/3.), for flying or falling material, equipment guard construction and moving machine parts.

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