Coal Mining Tools - Bridgeport Historical SocietyThese two object are "coal oil" lamps used to provide light in the mine shafts. The miners wore a cap to which a lamp was attached. The basic tool for the miners was a pick. Most of the picks had handles like the one in the photo showing all the tools. However, some did not have handles due to the limited space in the.what equipment is used to pick up coal,Coal Mines & Coal Miners, Chapter 5All material used in the mine, such as timber, tools, machinery, powder, coal cars, mine locomotives, mules, etc., also go down the same way. And up . From the bins, with automatic regularity, giant buckets or "skips" lift the coal for hundreds of feet, perhaps, upward to the open air, and then fifty feet more to the top of the.