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Mine Safety and Health Administration MSHA's Accident Prevention Program
Miner's Tip

Hand Tools - Hammers

Safety Something YOU can live with!
Mine Type: All Mines
Category: Maintenance


Hammer Hammers and axes being used as hammers, have been involved in almost 1 of every 4 hand tool accidents! The most common accident occurs when miners are struck by chips flying from the hammer or the struck object. These chips often became embedded in the miner's eye, face, rib cage or leg. Bystanders can be injured and surgery may be required to remove the chip(s).

Your fingers and hands can also be smashed by misusing hammers and you can hit your coworkers. You can avoid most accidents by remembering the following:



Issued: 08/16/2002
Tag # AP2002-M056


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