Striking Tool Safety

Although hammers appear to be the basic of tools, they can be very dangerous if not used properly and with care. A quality hammer is a safe hammer, but all hammers should be treated with care and respect. Practice makes perfect certainly applies to hammering.

Along with remembering to wear safety glasses for all hammering jobs, there are some other general rules to follow when maintaining a high safety level for hammering:

1. Make sure the handle of the hammer fits tightly on the head.

2. Do not strike a hard steel surface with a steel hammer. This may cause small pieces of steel to fly and injure someone.

Steel surfaces with with steel hammer could cause pieces to fly and could injure someone

3. Do not use the hammer handle for striking, and never use it as a pry bar. This may cause the handle to split which could result in a cut or pinch to the user.

Do not use hammer as a pry bar

4. Always strike the surface squarely - avoid glancing blows.

Always strike the surface squarely

5. Always wear safety goggles.

6. Never strike any hammer with or against another hammer.

7. Discard a hammer with a chipped or mushroomed face.

Discard hammers with chipped or mushroomed face

8. Do not use steel hammers on concrete, stone, or hard metal objects.

9. Replace loose or cracked handles (see the Hammer Maintenance Guide).

Replace loose or cracked handles

10. Discard hammers with cracked claws or eye sections.

Discard hammbers that have craked claws or eye sections

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