Rock Splitters

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Rock Splitters

Rock Splitters - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, rock splitters:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Are responsible for the health and safety of coworkers.
  • Have a low level of social contact. Rock splitters often work alone.
  • May work as part of a team.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Always work outdoors.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants such as rock dust.
  • Often wear protective attire, such as hardhats, gloves, and work boots.
  • Are often exposed to sounds and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
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  • Are exposed to whole body vibrations when operating jackhammers.
  • Sometimes travel to work places in an open vehicle.
  • Sometimes must work in high places.
  • May be exposed to very hot or cold temperatures while working outdoors.
  • Are occasionally exposed to hazardous situations that may result in cuts or minor burns.
  • Are sometimes exposed to hazardous conditions and equipment. There is some possibility of moderate injury from this exposure.
  • Are sometimes exposed to extremely bright or dim lighting conditions.

Work Performance

  • Must be exact in their work and be sure all details are done. Errors could result in serious injuries to themselves or coworkers.
  • Must match their pace to the speed of the equipment they are using.
  • Sometimes make decisions without consulting a supervisor first.


  • Usually work full time.
  • May not work in the winter in colder climates.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.