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Conveyor Hazards and Guarding Safety Checklist

Contributor: Safesite Jurisdiction: USA Federal MSHA

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A safety checklist for mining is an essential process to ensure hazards are identified and communicated. Surface and underground mining activities can expose workers to numerous hazards including slips and falls, respiratory hazards, bodily strains, electrical shock and mobile equipment interactions. Ensure your workplace is compliant with OSHA and MSHA regulations and your workeforce is kept as safe as possible. Ideal for Supervisors and safety managers.

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Conveyor Hazards and Guarding Safety Checklist

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1. Are certified and trained personnel conducting an on-shift examination of each section where anyone is assigned to work during the shift and any area where mechanized mining equipment is being installed or removed during the shift?

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2. Are walkways with outboard railings provided wherever persons are required to walk alongside elevated conveyor belts?

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3. Are Inclined railed walkways alongside elevated conveyor belts covered by nonskid or provided with cleats?

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4. Are crossovers provided where it is necessary to cross over stationary or moving conveyors?

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5. Are guards installed around moving machine parts to protect persons from contacting gears, sprockets, chains, drive, head, tail, and takeup pulleys, flywheels, couplings, shafts, fan blades, and similar moving parts that can cause injury?

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6. Are unguarded conveyors next to travelways provided with either Emergency Stop Devices located so that a person falling on or against the conveyor can readily deactivate the conveyor drive motor; or Railings which: (1) Are positioned to prevent persons from falling on or against the conveyor; (2) Will be able to withstand the vibration, shock, and wear to which they will be subjected during normal operation; and (3) Are constructed and maintained so that they will not create a hazard.

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7. Are backstops or brakes installed on all drive units of inclined conveyors to prevent the conveyors from running in reverse, creating a hazard to persons?

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8. Does the conveyor operator visually check to make certain that all persons are in the clear before starting the conveyor when the entire length of a conveyor is visible from the starting switch?

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9. Is a system in place which provides visible or audible warning to warn persons that the conveyor will be started when the entire length of the conveyor is not visible from the starting switch?

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10. Is a system in place which provides visible or audible warning to warn persons that the conveyor will be started and within 30 seconds after the warning is given, the conveyor shall start or a second warning shall be given?

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11. Are operators and maintenance personnel prohibited from manually cleaning the pulleys of conveyors while the conveyor is in motion?

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12. Are operators and maintenance personnel prohibited from manually applying belt dressings while belts are in motion unless a pressurized-type applicator is used that allows the dressing to be applied from outside the guards?

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13. Are overhead drive belts guarded to contain the whipping action of a broken belt if that action could be hazardous to persons?

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14. Are guards, shields, or other devices that provide protection against flying or falling materials provided in areas where flying or falling materials generated from the operation of screens, crushers, or conveyors present a personnel hazard?

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15. Are fire detection devices installed on all belts conveying flammable minerals which will give a warning automatically when a fire occurs on or near the beltway?

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16. Are operators and maintenance personnel prohibited from manually guiding belts, chains, and ropes onto power-driven moving pulleys, sprockets, or drums except on slow-moving equipment especially designed for hand feedings?

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17. Are operators and maintenance personnel prohibited fromremoving coal spilled beneath belt conveyor drives or tail pieces while the conveyor is in motion, except where such coal can be removed without endangering persons?

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