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MODULAR PLATFORM DANGER ZONE
A Modular System/modular platform is a combination of modules, connectors, and configuration constraints that allows products to be configured. Of course, a modular platform will allow for efficiency, but it will also be flexible for a wide range of products and adaptable for change, allowing the architecture to survive for a long period.
To build a modular platform, first determine what requirements the products must meet, how these needs may vary over time, and what performance thresholds must be met in order to please customers.
A modular platform allows modules to be removed, replaced, or upgraded without affecting other product components. Rock face to load out, TeleStacker Conveyor and Trailblazer Conveyor are examples of modular platforms that serve as portable plant systems that can be set up and towed to a jobsite in a matter of hours.
Modular platforms have low footprints, easy maintenance components, and can be used in conjunction with existing crushing equipment, horizontal screening platforms, classic and modern washing equipment, and conveying systems. Despite all of the advantages and reliability of modular platforms, physical hazards and dangers still exist, which must be addressed as quickly as possible.
Employers are responsible for maintaining the safety of their employees by identifying any risks and danger zones on the job site and around equipment. Modular platform danger zones must be clearly designated and visible to everyone on the premises.
Recognizing the hazards is an important first step in preventing conveyor-related injuries. A conveyor is a huge, complicated, and incredibly powerful system that has enough danger zones that the entire system should be deemed a hazard. Many hazards exist around conveyors, including dust, noise, falling materials such as sand and gravel, heavy machinery, and rotating / moving elements.
Moving parts of a conveyor belt system revolve at rapid speeds, posing the risk of entanglement or entrapment. A conveyor must not be touched or dealt with if it’s moving; the only way to prevent unintended touch is to use appropriate guarding that makes the moving components unreachable.
The majority of conveyors are programmed to start automatically. With the touch of a button, the system can go from inactive to active at any time, and this ability can catch a worker within seconds, even before he realizes it, resulting in major injury or death. Conveyor maintenance and repair is also a dangerous task, and protocols regarding lockout/tagout/tryout should always be followed when working on a stationary conveyor, and systems should be fitted with anti-rollback devices such as backstops on the head pulley.
Cleaning the conveyor should not be done while it is running or in use. Cleaning may place a worker in close vicinity to potentially hazardous equipment. The necessity to scrape, brush, or wash off accumulations brings the worker within arm’s reach, if not closer, of the conveyor. It is critical to highlight danger zones in order to alert the users of the potential hazards and this also reminds them to follow safety protocols as well as provided PPE if required.
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