Conveyor belts are an important method of material haulage at many surface and underground mines. Systems range from a single belt to a series of belts spanning miles. All conveyor belt systems, or belt conveyors, have inherent dangers while in motion. Fatal accidents related to working near, inspecting, adjusting or maintaining conveyor belts occur each year at underground and surface mines. The risk to workers can be reduced by following safe work practices during operation and maintenance and by installing proper physical safeguards on the equipment.