Tips for Using a Hammer

tips for using a hammerEvery year thousands of people are treated for injuries resulting from the incorrect use of hammers. Staying safe while using this handy tool is not a matter of luck, but rather a matter of following some basic safety tips.

  • Research the job you are performing to ensure you are using the correct hammer.
  • Make sure you have a firm grip and never hold a hammer at the end.
  • Use your entire arm and elbow. Never use just your wrist to swing the hammer.
  • Never use a claw hammer to strike hardened steel, concrete or stone. There is a high probability of chips injuring the user.
  • Replace broken or cracked handles immediately.
  • Make sure you place your work against a hard firm surface.
  • Do not use a hammer with a chipped or cracked face.
  • Hammers with cracked claws should be discarded.
  • Never use the hammer to strike an item. This may result in the handle splitting.
  • Focus on the item to be struck and hit the surface squarely.
  • It is recommended that you always wear safety goggles when hammering objects.
  • Never strike a hammer with another hammer.
  • Always choose the right size and weight hammer for the job you are performing.

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