Safety Tuesday: Conveyors

What are some tips when working at a “powered” conveyor?

“Powered” or “power” conveyors include the use of belts, live rollers, slats, or buckets.


  • Position yourself so that you are not hit by objects moving down the conveyor.
  • Ensure that you can see the conveyor system when you are at the operating controls.
  • Ensure that guards are in place for all moving parts of the drive system.
  • Guard all pinch points between the conveyor system and fixed objects.
  • Locate guardrails around low level conveyors and areas where conveyors pass through the floor/ceiling.
  • Locate emergency stop cut-off switches near the operator and along the length of the conveyor at approximately 100 feet (30 metres) apart (or closer).
  • Locate ground belts on belt conveyors to prevent static buildup.


  • Do not service the conveyor without following Lockout/Tagout procedures.