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Martin Engineering’s conveyor safety book

First publishedin Aggregates Business International
2016 November December
Martin Engineering’s conveyor safety book
Martin Engineering has published what it says is the world’s first aggregation of global best practices dedicated to reducing conveyor risk and injuries.

Modelled on the company’s Foundations reference volume, now in its fourth edition, Foundations for Conveyor Safety is said to provide an “unprecedented collection of information, assembled specifically to help conveyor system operators achieve safe production.”

The company says that to assess the true value of safety, the book includes “ground-breaking methodology” for calculating the payback from safety investments (ROS for Return On Safety).

“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,” says Ed Peterson, Martin Engineering chairman.

“The first step to true productivity is safety. If a conveyor, a plant or an industry is not safe, it cannot maximise productivity.”

Todd Swinderman, lead author, says: “This book is really a global round-up of best practices to keep safe those who must work on or around belt conveyors.

“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.”

Martin Engineering says that the new volume is the result of a collaboration of experts with vast experience in bulk material handling, designed to educate readers by identifying hazards, danger zones and unsafe work practices around conveyors, helping raise awareness among management, operators and maintenance personnel.

“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,” says Swinderman.

“This volume is a change in direction from the tradition, in that it focuses exclusively on conveyor belt safety.”

Foundations for Conveyor Safety will be available to Martin Engineering customers and by request, in print and digital formats, and will be used in conjunction with Foundations 4 in the company’s conveyor safety training classes.

The book can be downloaded at: martin.hostservices.net.

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