Jackhammers are an essential construction tool used for breaking up rock and concrete. Whether you are doing an advanced DIY project at home or working on a large construction project, you must absolutely learn how to use a jackhammer before starting to use it. If not handled with safety and care, the use of the tool may lead to serious injuries. Without wanting to scare you, we’ve put this article together to teach you the basic safety tips for handling a jackhammer.
Types of Jackhammers
Not all jackhammers are the same. Before renting or buying a jackhammer, consider that there are different types of jackhammers. First, there are pneumatic jackhammers, which are powered by high pressure of air from an air compressor and are usually handheld. Second, there are hydraulic jackhammers, which are powered by hydraulic energy and are generally larger than other types of jackhammers, making them ideal for large roadwork projects. Third, there are electric jackhammers, which do not require a compressor and come in a variety of sizes.
PPE – Personal Protective Equipment
Make sure to always use the following equipment when operating a jackhammer:
– Safety Boots.
– Face Mask
– Ear Muffs
– Safety Glasses
– Long Pants and Sleeves
Once you have determined the type of jackhammer you will need for your project and assembled all of your safety equipment, you are ready to start working. For starters, make sure that the point you use isn’t broken or cracked. If it is, do not use it; find a replacement. Additionally, one of the most important things to keep in mind is that jackhammer bits are extremely hot while the jackhammer is in operation, so make sure you are wearing appropriate clothing and safety equipment to avoid burning yourself. Never jackhammer below the depth of the cutting bit. When operating the jackhammer, make sure to properly lean on it at a slight angle to prevent from getting it stuck on the rock or concrete and move along with the jackhammer to avoid any back injuries. And remember, this is a strenuous job, so make sure to take a break when needed.
Jackhammers are instrumental and essential for drilling rocks, pavement and concrete, but it’s just as instrumental to be properly equipped and trained to use them. We hope these tips were useful to you, and if you are ever in need to rent a jackhammer, we have various types for you to choose from. Contact us today with any questions you may have!