In 2013, 15 percent of all injuries in stone, sand and gravel facilities were associated with use of hand tools (non-powered).
- A cable holding a chain come-along failed. The chain hit a miner in the head, causing a laceration.
- A miner was swinging a sledge hammer, missed the focal point, and lost control of the hammer, resulting in a muscle strain.
- A miner was using a five foot long crow bar to line up a hold on a crane boom and strained a muscle.
Always wear appropriate personal protective equipment when using hand tools.
Inspect hand tools prior to using them.
Always wear appropriate gloves when conducting repair and maintenance jobs. Consider mechanic-type gloves allowing for increased dexterity.
Never strike metal on metal. Use dead blow hammers or tools designed to be struck with metal.