Conveyor guards are used in almost every industry and are often taken for granted. However, adequate conveyor guarding is essential because the injuries associated with conveyors can be severe or even fatal.

Hazards relate to in-running nip points, tensioners, transmission components and belt edges, as well as objects or materials that are spilt, ejected or fall from the conveyor. New conveyors are not always supplied with sufficient guarding and existing conveyors may have had guards removed at some point in the past.

The UK’s leading conveyor
guarding specialist

Procter Machine Safety designs, manufactures and installs bespoke conveyor guards that provide the necessary level of protection but without hindering production.

Our machine guarding design experts have over 250 years of industry experience between them, as well as a thorough knowledge of current machine safety standards, regulations and HSE guidelines.

Depending on your industry and the products being transported, the conveyor guarding may be manufactured from any of these materials or a combination: Welded wire mesh, Sheet metal, Stainless steel, Polycarbonate. We can also incorporate sound insulation if necessary.

Wherever possible our designs permit cleaning and maintenance without removal of the guards. However, if guards have to be removed frequently, we can install suitable safety interlocks and modify the safety-related control system so that it operates correctly with the new safety devices.

Unrivalled knowledge of Conveyor
legislation, regulations and standards

New and existing conveyors must comply with the guarding requirements in PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations). In addition, there is the question of the Machinery Directive: conveyors may or may not form part of a machine or an assembly of machines, and some guards are within the scope of the Directive as ‘safety components’ while others are not, so the issue of CE marking can become complex. Nevertheless, we ensure that our conveyor guards comply with all relevant standards, regulations and guidance; where appropriate we provide a Declaration of Conformity and CE mark the guards as safety components in accordance with the Machinery Directive.

Our ISO 9001 Quality Management System covers the design, manufacture and installation of machine guards.

Comprehensive service
for conveyor guards

Whether for a new-build project or for retrofitting, we offer a comprehensive conveyor guarding service that includes:

  • Site survey
  • Risk assessment
  • Discussions with stakeholders
  • Design
  • Manufacture
  • Installation
  • Custom-designed guarding for conveyors
  • Additional electrically interlocked solutions (if required)

The main benefits of our conveyor solutions are:

  • Innovative, ergonomic, maintenance-friendly conveyor guarding solutions.
  • Bespoke designs compliant with the latest industry standards
  • Unrivalled knowledge of the latest safety standards
  • Extended life of your equipment
  • No obligation on-site surveys
  • Improved productivity and high return on investment

For more information about conveyor-related regulations and standards, a Conveyor Guarding White Paper is available from our Downloads page.

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