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Quarry Tool Box Talks

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The Natural Stone Institute and the National Building Granite Quarries Association (NBGQA) are committed to providing quality safety education for the stone industry.  This course bundle was sponsored by the NBGQA to educate quarry employees on quarrying best practices.

Special Thanks to Our Sponsor:

We would like to thank the National Building Granite Quarries Association (NBGQA) for their cooperation and assistance developing this safety resource. We are grateful for their commitment to the safety and health to the people of the dimension stone industry.

Courses in Quarry Tool Box Talks
  • TQ102: Tool Box Talk- Safe Work Procedures: Shortcuts (Quarry)

    True or False? Nearly everyone we know uses shortcuts to get the job done.  Answer: Generally yes.  Even though we all use shortcuts in our daily routines, we must be aware of the dangers that shortcuts expose us to. There are two ways to work. Often the safe way is not the fastest or easiest way.

  • TQ114: Tool Box Talk- Eye and Face Safety and PPE Overview (Quarry)

    MSHA requires employers to require employees to wear eye and face protection from flying particles, molten metal, liquid chemicals, acids or caustic liquids and other hazardous chemicals, chemical gases or vapors, or potentially injurious light radiation. Over 1000 eye and face injuries occur in the workplace every day. According to OSHA, these injuries cost more than $300 million per year in lost production time, medical expenses, and worker compensation. Many of these injuries result in severe pain and suffering with some resulting in partial or total blindness. Eye and face injuries can be prevented if the hazards are recognized and with the proper selection and use of eye and face protection.

  • TQ115: Tool Box Talk- PPE Foot Protection Overview (Quarry)

    MSHA requires workers to use protective footwear when working in areas where there is a danger of foot injuries due to falling or rolling objects, or objects piercing the sole, or when the use of protective footwear will protect the affected employee from an electrical hazard, such as a static-discharge or electric-shock hazard. Additionally, protective footwear may be required to protect against other hazards, e.g., wet conditions and exposure to chemicals.


  • TQ116: Tool Box Talk- PPE Hand and Arm Safety (Quarry)

    MSHA requires employers to select and require employees to use appropriate hand protection when employees’ hands are exposed to hazards such as those from skin absorption of harmful substances; severe cuts or lacerations; severe abrasions; punctures; chemical burns; thermal burns; and harmful temperature extremes. This applies equally to the arms. Over 100,000 lost time hand and arm injuries typically occur every year in the workplace. Hand and arm injuries can be prevented if the hazards are recognized and with the proper selection and use of hand and arm protection.

  • TQ117: Tool Box Talk- PPE Head Protection Overview (Quarry)

    MSHA requires head protection if there is a risk from falling objects or there is a risk from contact with live electrical conductors. Many hazards can be controlled with proper work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE). Wearing appropriate head protection can prevent serious injuries.

  • TQ133: Tool Box Talk- Lockout... Tagout... Tryout! (Quarry)

    Ensuring equipment is at a zero energy state and the energy source isolated or rendered inoperative so that the energy source cannot be re-energized is a necessary and required life critical process when performing equipment servicing and maintenance. Lockout/tagout is required when the servicing and maintaining machines and equipment and the unexpected energization or startup of the machines or equipment, or release of stored energy, could harm employees. Servicing or maintenance activities include constructing, installing, setting up, adjusting, inspecting, and modifying machines or equipment. Specific activities include but are not limited to lubricating, cleaning or unjamming machines and making adjustments or tool changes.

  • TQ138: Tool Box Talk- Getting On and Off Equipment (Quarry)

    Quarriers use many different types of mobile equipment in their daily operations. Workers should be trained in the proper use, including mounting and dismounting, prior to utilizing equipment. It is important to know the locations of stairs and ladders for climbing as well as handles and bars for gripping. Failing to maintain three points of contact with the equipment has resulted in numerous injuries. The three points of contact rule is simple —always maintain one hand and two feet, or two hands and one foot, when climbing or descending ladders, trucks and equipment. When climbing a ladder, you must have both hands free and face the ladder.

  • TQ139: Tool Box Talk- Suspended Loads (Quarry)

    The law of gravity cannot be amended or changed. However what goes up needn’t come down, at least not on top of anyone. When lifting loads by way of a hoist, crane, or even a set of come-a-longs, keep these thoughts from this session in mind.

  • TQ211: Tool Box Talk- Heat Illness Prevention (Quarry)

    Heat is a serious hazard in the workplace. Heat related illness if not attended to can lead to serious and life-threatening injuries.


  • TQ212: Tool Box Talk- What is Crystalline Silica? (Quarry)

    Over- exposure to respirable crystalline silica particles can lead to serious, sometimes fatal illnesses including silicosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis (in those with silicosis), and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). In addition, silica exposure has been linked to other illnesses including renal disease and other cancers. Silicosis is a progressive disease and there is no cure upon its onset, thus minimizing your exposure to respirable crystalline silica is the key to prevention.

  • TQ234: Tool Box Talk- Compressed Air Safety (Quarry)

    Compressed air as it name implies is gas under pressure. If used improperly, compressed air poses several hazards and can even cause death.

  • TQ235: Tool Box Talk- Chain Hoist and Come-a-longs (Quarry)

    Whatever the name – come-a-long, chain fall, ratcheting chain lever, etc. – hand operated hoists and their chains have many applications in our work. Typical applications include hoisting pipe or a plate into position for welding or bolting, moving machinery, fence stretching and lifting engines or equipment during repairs. These devices are simple to operate however misuse can result in sudden failure, property damage, and serious injury. Today we are going to briefly cover their proper use.

  • TQ236: Tool Box Talk- Crystalline Silica Exposure Prevention (Quarry)

    Exposure to crystalline silica often occurs as part of common workplace operations involving cutting, sawing, drilling, grinding/sanding and crushing of natural and engineered stone products such as granite and slate and also in the quarrying of these materials. Over-exposure can lead to serious, sometimes fatal illnesses including silicosis, lung cancer, tuberculosis (in those with silicosis) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The best method to prevent a crystalline silica exposure related disease is to minimize exposure to crystalline silica.

  • TQ237: Tool Box Talk- Hand Tools, Striking Tools, Pry Bars (Quarry)

    Hand tools are tools that are powered manually. Hand tools include anything from axes to wrenches. Hand tool operation influences the daily lives of all workers. The greatest hazards posed by hand tools result from misuse and improper maintenance. As a result, it is necessary that everyone be aware of safe hand tool practices and follows those practices. Without the use of hand tools, the completion of our work would be nearly impossible. Yet, as vital as they are, hand tools are often the cause of serious accidents. All too frequently, hand tools are used improperly or when they are defective. Since we use hand tools continually, it is important they be used properly. We are going to briefly cover proper use today.

  • TQ247: Tool Box Talk- Portable Electric Power Tool Safety (Quarry)

    Because power tools are so common in our industry, you are constantly exposed to a variety of hazards. The very tool that makes your job easy and efficient may one day be the cause of a tragic accident.

  • TQ249: Tool Box Talk- Operating Service Pickup Trucks (Quarry)

    Pickup trucks are everywhere. Everybody has one. Consumer Reports magazine recently asked (FEB 2018), “Are Pickup Trucks Becoming the New Family Car?” So what so different about driving them in and around a quarry? As pickup trucks move through mines and plants, they encounter the pace of activity, heavy equipment, workers on foot, and volumes of materials, and numerous hazards. Safe operation of pickup trucks on mine sites must be everyone’s concern.

  • TQ254: Tool Box Talk- General Welding Safety (Quarry)

    Health hazards from welding, cutting, and brazing operations include exposures to metal fumes and to ultraviolet (UV) radiation. Safety hazards from these operations include burns, eye damage, electrical shock, cuts, and crushed toes and fingers. Many of these can be controlled with proper work practices and personal protective equipment (PPE).

  • TQ253: Tool Box Talk- Aerial Lifts and Elevated Platforms (Quarry)

    Aerial lifts and elevated platforms provide you with a quick, easy way to accesselevated work areas. Used safely, they increase efficiency and reduce costs. Unsafe use canresult in serious accidents or death.