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Martin Engineering publishes safety book

SONY DSCMartin Engineering has announced the publication of the world’s first aggregation of global best practices dedicated to reducing conveyor risk and injuries.

Modeled after the company’s Foundations reference volume, now in its fourth edition, Foundations for Conveyor Safety provides a collection of information, assembled specifically to help conveyor system operators achieve safe production.

To assess the true value of safety, the book includes ground-breaking methodology for calculating the payback from safety investments, sometimes referred to as “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,” said Ed Peterson, Chairman, Martin Engineering. “The first step to true productivity is safety.  If a conveyor, a plant or an industry is not safe, it cannot maximise productivity.”

Lead author Todd Swinderman observed that the book is a global roundup of best practices to keep those who must work on or around belt conveyors safe.

“Part of that is recognizing 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, editor and driving force 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, designed to educate readers by identifying hazards, danger zones and unsafe work practices around conveyors.

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