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Material handling best practices published

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Martin Engineering has announced the publication of the world’s first aggregation of global best practices aimed at reducing conveyor risk and injuries. The book, Foundations for Conveyor Safety, is based on the company’s respected Foundations reference volume, which is now in its fourth edition.

“This work is based on the premise that the extraction and processing of bulk materials can be done safely and profitably by applying global best practices for conveyor safety and design,” said Martin Engineering Chairman Ed Peterson. “The first step to true productivity is safety. If a conveyor, a plant or an industry is not safe, it cannot maximise productivity.”

“This book is really a global roundup of best practices to keep safe those who must work on or around belt conveyors,” observed Lead Author Todd Swinderman. “Part of that is recognising the hazards, hardware systems and work practices that will improve safety. But it also includes methodologies on how to design conveyors to be safer, and how to justify the expenses for those improved systems.”

Swinderman has been an officer and chair of numerous Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) standards writing committees, and has served as chair behind the Sixth Edition of the CEMA Belt Book: Belt Conveyors for Bulk Materials.

The new volume is a collaboration of experts with vast experience in bulk material handling.

“The book’s first section discusses the dangers and potential hazards of conveyors, based on decades of experience in bulk handling,” said Product Engineer Daniel Marshall. “That includes descriptions of the areas and components that pose inherent risks, as well as the unsafe practices that could lead to serious injuries or fatalities. Understanding the risks is the first step toward accident prevention.”

“Many of the recommendations and methods detailed in the first four editions of Foundations have become industry standard approaches to resolving fugitive material issues and improving efficiency,” Swinderman added. “This volume is a change in direction from the tradition, in that it focuses exclusively on conveyor belt safety.”

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