Hammer safety will protect the user from dangers associated with using the hammer.
Hammers are the most used hand tools to drive nails, screws or other items into wood or concrete.
On construction sites, and in our various homes, Hammers are always available for work activities.
Toolbox talk on hammer safety will help reduce the risk associated with hammers when using a hammer at the construction site.
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Not practising hammer safety can lead to
- An accident while using the hammer.
- The hammer can cause damage to the materials around when not used properly.
- Loss of working hours when the accident leads to a lost time.
We have different types of hammers according to standard and Special.
According to standard types of hammers, we have.
- Ball peen hammer
- Claw hammer.
- Club hammer.
- Dead blow hammer.
- Tack hammer.
- Rubber mallet hammer.
- Framing hammer.
According to the Special types of hammer, we have
- Brass hammer.
- Brick hammer.
- Blocking hammer.
- Electrician hammer.
- Blacksmith hammer.
- Bushing hammer.
- Cross peen hammer.
- Cross peen pin hammer.
- Drywall hammer.
- Chasing hammer.
- Engineers hammer.
- Hatchet hammer.
- Mechanic hammer.
- Planishing hammer.
- Welding hammer.
- Rock hammer.
- Straight peen.
- Trim hammer.
- Soft faced hammer.
- Rip hammer.
- Scaling hammer.
- Double peen hammer.
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Hammer safety: What can you do to ensure hammer safety today?
- Inspect all hammers before use. And do not use a defective hammer.
- Use the right type of hammer suitable for your job.
- Always position the hammer over the nails to avoid injury.
- Hammers that have a wooden handle shall be kept free from cracks.
- Keep all hammers free from burrs.
- Always wear your PPE when using a hammer, especially your eye goggles.
- When you’re about to hit a hammer on a chisel or a spanner during an activity. Get a rope to hold the chisel. It will keep your hand away from being hit by the hammer.
- Do not use a mushroom hammer.
- Repair all damaged hammers before use.
- Always grip the hammer the right way. The right way would be to grip the end of the hammer. It will make the weight work for you.
- Do not use a hammer handle for striking. Hammer handles are not for so.
- Remove all obstructions around the hammer use. Ensure your hammer is free enough when using it.
- Always use a holding device to hold an item when working with a sledgehammer to hit a work.
- All personnel should be clear from where a sledgehammer is being in use.
Onyeka Emma is a QHSE Professional, a business person, and an entrepreneur. He is very passionate about health and safety, Business and Entrepreneurship.