Feel like destroying something this weekend? Demolition hammers are a great tool for breaking apart brick walls or concrete slabs and removing plaster and tiles, but you need to make sure that you don't damage any part of yourself or others while you're working.
Kennards Hire provided these tips to ensure that you remain safe when using a demo hammer:
DO choose the right demo hammer and always read the manual
If you've always used a demo hammer to do some DIY, they are a great piece of equipment. There's a huge range of demo hammers out there, from light models that can do surprisingly delicate work through to heavy duty models that can demolish large concrete slabs or brick walls. So it's really important to choose the right model for your job. When you do, it's important to read through the product manual before starting any work to keep yourself, and others around you, safe and prevent any serious injuries from misuse.
DO always wear protective gear
Protective gear such as a hardhat, ear protection, eyewear, gloves, dust mask and steel cap boots should always be worn when operating a demo hammer. By wearing the correct protective gear, you'll be sure to reduce personal harm and stay protected from any flyaway fragments. Get the job done without sacrificing your safety.
DO ensure that the equipment is stored safely when not in use
To reduce the risk of the demo hammer accidentally starting up and to prevent potential damage, ensure that your equipment is unplugged and stored in clean, dry spaces when not in use. Like all power tools, it's crucial that the demo hammer is kept out of the reach of young children to reduce dangerous situations.
DON'T operate on hazardous materials
Although demolition hammers are great for most projects, using them to work around hazardous materials such as asbestos is not wise. These materials are best left to be dealt with by professionals who have the expertise and ability to manage these health-hazardous materials. If you are unsure if a material is hazardous get it tested before going ahead with your project.
DON'T use the cord for carrying, pulling or unplugging
Avoid breaking or destroying the cord by carrying, pulling or unplugging the demo hammer via the cord. Abusing the cord and exposing it to heat, oil, sharp edges or moving parts will result in damage to the equipment itself which can lead to severe personal injuries such as burns and electric shocks.