Non-Powered Hand Tools Hazard Alert

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.


Best Practices

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.NSSGA-MSHA-Hazard-Alert-PoweredHaulage32013