In a typical work setting, rock splitters:
- 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.
- 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.