Safety Tips For Using A Demolition Hammer or Jackhammer on Pavement

Jackhammers are some of the most effective concrete and asphalt demolition tools available.

At the same time, however, they also are quite challenging to handle. They are used by paving companies, construction companies, and laborers to assist in demolishing hard surfaces like concrete, stone, and asphalt.

The substantial weight of a jackhammer makes it difficult to hold and maneuver, which is why it should only be used by people who are adequately trained. The blade or tip of the jackhammer can be changed, depending on the requirements of the project. The tips below will help ensure that you stay safe when out on a job using a jackhammer.

Three Types Of Jackhammers For Concrete & Asphalt

When it comes to jackhammers, there are three basic types:

  • Pneumatic
  • Hydraulic
  • Electric

Pneumatic jackhammers rely on air that is produced by an air compressor to operate. Hydraulic jackhammers, on the other hand, rely on hydraulic fluid.

Finally, electric jackhammers are powered by electricity. Read more here to find the best demolition hammer for you.

Tips For Using A Jackhammer

When operating an electric or pneumatic jackhammer, always remember these tips to improve injury prevention and your chances of staying safe:

* Make sure the jackhammer you choose is appropriate for the job.

* Choose a jackhammer with adequate capacity. They come in both medium and heavy models.

* Select the correct hose for the jackhammer depending on how far away you are from the air compressor, the amount of pressure that is required and the specific nature of the job that you are doing.

* Avoid using an air compressor in an enclosed space. Otherwise, the noise level could be too loud. Similarly, jackhammer should only be used in areas that are open. Adequate hearing protection should be worn at all times.

* Use your legs rather than your back when moving the jackhammer to avoid back injuries.

* Most jackhammers have built-in safety features that are designed to keep the tool from turning on if it is not placed correctly on a surface or if there is no pressure on the tip. To turn the jackhammer on, you need to make sure that it is firmly in contact with the surface.

* Choose a chisel or tip that is appropriate for the type of paving work that you are doing. If you are breaking up concrete, use a rock point. Spade point tips are usually best for asphalt while concrete projects require a chisel point. Check the point for signs of damage or cracking before using it.

* When loosening concrete, use the tool like a crowbar.

* Check the jackhammer periodically for any signs of damage or any other problems. Make sure that you always follow the safety guidelines provided by the manufacturer. During your inspection, check the hoses, as well.

* When holding the jackhammer, angle it slightly toward you. This will help reduce the chances of getting the tip stuck in the surface. It also makes it easier to control the jackhammer by improving your grip. This can help prevent any loss of control.

* Never use the jackhammer beyond the depth of the chisel or bit.

* Anytime you step away from the jackhammer, make sure that the air supply is turned off. Always allow the pressure to escape from the supply hose before swapping out points on the tool.

* Move the jackhammer back and forth in a sideways direction if it gets stuck. If that doesn’t work, you may need to use a second bit to try to release the first bit. In this case, come at it from an angle.

* Workers should run the electrical cord for electric jackhammers over their shoulder. This will help keep the jackhammer from inadvertently coming in contact with the cable, which could cause electrocution.

* Make sure the ends of the hose are appropriately secured. That way, if it is broken or cut, it won’t be able to whip around.

Jackhammer Safety Tips

Jackhammers can be dangerous when they are misused. To minimize the risk of injuries, be sure to use these tips:

* Keep dust to a minimum through the use of water spray.

* Anytime you use the tool, put on safety glasses.

* Wear protective gear including ear protection, a face shield, gloves, and safety boots anytime you use the jackhammer. You can also purchase special gloves that are designed to dampen vibrations.

* Have more than one jackhammer operator on-site. Anytime one operator begins to get tired; a new one should take their place. Fatigue can result in unwanted accidents.

* Choose a jackhammer with built-in safety features including a locking bit, an automatic release, and trigger control.

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