Rock collecting is generally not
a dangerous activity.
But sometimes it
depends on where you go. If you are looking for rocks in road
cuts and railroad
cuts, of course, watch out for trains and other traffic.
If you are anywhere where there are rocks above you on
a high cliff, remember the falling
rocks and wear a hard hat! Rock
injured every year by rockfall.
If you are on the old
abandoned mine sites,
don't venture into the old tunnels or anywhere where anything can
collapse above you! On these sites, it is a question of when, not if,
walls and ceilings collapse.
can be good sources of rocks, but they can be unstable (loosely piled),
so take care.
And, when hammering rocks with your hammer,
remember that pieces of
rocks can be very
sharp and fly fast when hammered.
When you hammer rocks, always wear a pair of protective glasses,
and protective gloves.
It is also a good idea
to wear a fluorescent vest,
that protect you from snake bites and sharp
and carry a snake-bite kit.
Wear clothing that suits the weather, and if it's hot, bring enough
Consider not going alone or carrying a cell phone. Should
you fall into a shaft or ravine, you will not be easy to