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Top four tips for working safely around conveyors

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In a report published in late September, the Mining Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) noted that October was historically the deadliest month for miners. 

Nearly 30 miners were killed in conveyor-belt related accidents in the 10-year period from 2000 to 2010, according to the Safety Watch section of the October issue of Aggregates Manager magazine.

This statistic coincides with a positive milestone for the Kinder & Co K-Protector return idler guard, nearing its 500th sale. 

A practical solution for providing roller pinch point protection, the K-Protector return idler guard enhances conveyor safety by enabling convenient access for maintenance. Available to suit all roller diameters and widths, the K-Protector return idler guards meet all Australian Safety Standards for conveyors. 

To avoid accidents, follow these four guidelines when working around conveyor belts:


Do not work or travel near a conveyor while it is operating. Do not attempt to place your arm or any tools near a roller or other moving part when the belt is moving or is about to start.


Turn off the power to the conveyor belt and disconnect the electrical circuit at the breaker panel or motor control centre.

Lock and tag. 

After disconnecting the power, lock and tag to ensure the conveyor belt cannot be activated while you are working around it.

Block from motion. 

Secure the belt to prevent unintended motion such as belt movement caused by stored energy.

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