OHS Code Explanation Guide

Published Date: July 01, 2009
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Part 25 Tools, Equipment and Machinery

Section 373 Crossing conveyor belts

Common types of incidents with conveyor belts involve workers being struck by objects or getting caught in the moving equipment.

Subsection 373(1)

Workers crossing over a conveyor belt are at a risk of falling onto the conveyor belt or getting caught in moving parts. To prevent this, a bridge that is at least 1 metre wide with adequate guardrails must be in place (see Figure 25.3).

Figure 25.3 Example of bridge over conveyor belt

Good practices include solid construction of crossover bridges, including steps and guardrails on both sides. The steps and floor of the walkway should be surfaced with non-slip material.

If the conveyor belt is locked out, workers may cross over the conveyor belt at locations other than where a bridge is located.

Workers crossing under a conveyor may be at risk of injury due to objects falling from the conveyor belt or getting caught in the moving parts of the conveyor belt. Workers must only cross under conveyor belts where they are protected from falling materials and moving parts.