Dear SH Koekemer,
Using a conveyor as a walkway can have serious injury consequences and should not be considered. Even if the conveyor is de-energized whenever anyone is walking on it, the potential for injury just in getting on or off the conveyor is too high. The savings involved in not installing a catwalk beside the unit can be quickly lost due to the cost associated with injuring a worker.
Although some facilities have historically used a moving bulk material handling conveyor as a means to move people from one end to the other, they are courting disaster.
The only conveyors that should have personnel on them are those which are designed for the purpose, and which have adequate safety features incorporated.
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