MM2600, Lesson 1
Hand Tools. Hand tools used during ammunition handling operations will
in good repair and
maintained in a safe condition. The proper tools should be selected for each task. For example, only
spark-resistant tools will be used when explosives are exposed where a spark may cause a fire or
explosion. Handles of such tools as hammers will be securely fastened; and they will be replaced
immediately when cracked, split, or broken. Power tools, such as electric saws for cutting dunnage,
should be equipped with guards enclosing their moving parts. Electrical contacts should be enclosed,
with all wiring well insulated. Electrically-powered tools will be provided with grounding where
necessary. Hand tools will always be kept in the proper place to eliminate hazards caused by forgotten
or misplaced tools.
Conveyors. Each section of a conveyor should be checked for good operating condition before the
conveyors are emplaced. Conveyor sections must be securely locked together to prevent separation
during the handling operation. Conveyors must be placed on solid, stable supports that will support the
weight of the conveyors and the ammunition load. Boxes containing ammunition will not be used as
supports. Spacing between boxes on the conveyor will be maintained to prevent overloading. Positive
stops will be placed at the end of the conveyor to prevent boxes from falling off. Enough personnel
should be positioned along the conveyor line to keep boxes moving and to prevent them from falling off
Pallet Trucks. Pallet trucks will be kept in good repair and maintained for serviceability. Load test
date, date next load test due, and lift capacity will be stenciled clearly on pallet trucks. Pallet trucks
must be removed from the work area when not in use.
Handling with Powered MHE
Forklifts. When forklifts are being used
in ammunition handling operations, hazards may
and ammunition may be damaged unless proper procedures and precautions are observed.
The forklift must be checked before, during, and after operation to insure safety. It must be checked for
oil leaks, excessive oil and grease, condition of hydraulic hoses and batteries, and any other faulty
condition that may cause a hazard in ammunition handling.
The forklift must have a serviceable fire extinguisher with a minimum rating of 1-BC.
extinguisher must have an intact seal attached.
The forklift must be load tested within the specified time period. The date of the test, date of next test
due, and load capacity must be stenciled on the boom or mast.
The forklift operator must be qualified and licensed according to local command policy, always
demonstrate safe and responsible operation, always use hearing protection while operating the forklift,
and follow the signals from the ground guide (figure 1-13). A ground guide will be used to direct the
forklift during all forklift handling operations.