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District 5 - Coal Mine Safety and Health
Safety Alert - Belt Structures

Safety Alert Belt Structure Collapse

Two recent structural failures involving aerial/overhead belt structures highlight the need to increase awareness of seasonal hazards associated with these systems.

Sub-freezing temperatures contributed to the collapse of a coal stacker belt in Pennsylvania when water and belt spillage being washed from the walkways accumulated and froze on the drip pan.

Rust and deterioration contributed to the collapse of a coal aerial/overhead belt structure in Virginia.

Careful examination and prompt correction of potential safety hazards is essential for the safe operation of these types of conveyor systems. These occurrences can be greatly reduced by utilizing the following best practices: