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3 Ways Air Pneumatic Jackhammers Are More Dangerous Than You Think

What is Pneumatic Jackhammering with Air Compressor

Even when they cannot be seen, they still can be undoubtedly heard. It is true for the jackhammers when they are being used in the construction site. They are tailored to break through rocks, concrete and stone with high power.

When they are not operated with expertise and care, they could harm the operator. The reverse is the case when they are used properly; they give good outputs.

Many Reasons Why Air Compressors in Jackhammers Are Dangerous

You cannot compare the air compressor you would require for your car tires to that which is needed for a heavy-duty jackhammer. The difference is both in size and in the function. The dangers posed by them are not usually obvious.

Towing and Heavy Lifting

A repeated process of loading and unloading the air compressors needs to be done on an active site. Towing the compressor is a valid option depending on the size of the pneumatic. The truth is air compressors have a lot of weight, and it is pointless trying to move them around without support.

Overheating

Due to a long period of use, air compressors are bound to overheat. Other materials used on-site also have this quality. Air compressors are explosive when they overheat, so it’s best to keep them off heat sources.

Whole Body Vibration Phenomenon

It is believed that the “whole body vibration” phenomenon is a result of the use of vehicles during construction. Some reports now have it that jackhammer usage is a contributory factor as well. As it stands, this phenomenon (whole-body vibration) has not been properly investigated and researched.

The long-term effects have not been truly known yet, but the cost of this phenomenon is high. To talk in short terms is to count compressed discs and chronic back pain as possible consequences. Worst of all, a greater cost of neurological disorders can arise as well.

A time is coming when we look back and nod our heads in regret for how we harmed ourselves in ignorance.

But Jackhammers Are Needed for On-site Construction, What Can Be Done?

Hazards are most commonly overlooked in the construction sector. We most times cause more damage and set more traps, all in the name of trying to “build the future.” In times past, most construction workers were seen as dispensable, more like unimportant commodities.

What can be done when Jackhammers are needed at every time on the construction site?

How to Safely Use A Jackhammer

It takes lots of courage to wield and use a jackhammer. It takes time to gain mastery, and it’s not something you’ll be able to learn to use just immediately. It is intentionality in most regions that potential users must have first been certified before granted access to one.

The following are tips that can help make sure you utilize the jackhammer safely:

Self-education

This is the first step to safely using the equipment whether or not you are a professional. Prior knowledge makes it much safer to use and so it is advised to learn.

Protect Yourself

It is crucial to put on personal protective equipment before wielding the jackhammer. The level of risk while operating the equipment is indeed high in the inexperienced hands.

These are meant to be part of your dress-kit:

  • Work gloves
  • Earmuffs
  • Googles
  • Hat
  • Respirator
  • Steel-toed shoes
  • High-visibility vest

Inspect the Jackhammer

Before and after using the equipment, ensure you cross-check the jackhammer for any faults. Make sure the components are complete and are perfectly working.

Inspect the cables for wear and tear, and also check the air ducts for fractures and cracks. In the long term, you get to save costs.

Compressor Placement

On their own, jackhammers make a lot of noise; now, combining this with the air compressor makes the sound hell. To dampen the noise, you should take the compressor far away from the work-site.

Position Yourself

The weight of jackhammers makes them potentially injurious to the user. The accurate positioning is to set the tool at an angle where the hammer’s body is leaning back to you. This will prevent jamming of the tip of the hammer. It also gives more control in the event of a malfunction.

The jackhammer should be carried with the thighs, protecting the user from terrible back injuries and strains. As you move from place to place, keep your hand on the lever. 

Clear the Area

Never make use of a jackhammer close to bystanders. Put off the machine if someone decides to come to you; you know it isn’t a toy. This is one equipment where it will be safe to say keep out of reach of children.

Inspect the Structure

Check the integrity of the structure from time to time. When there is a convergence of weak points, there can be a failure of the whole structure. The aftermath is usually a partial collapse or even worse.

Also, inspect the cement for any buried wiring or live piping.

Take Frequent Breaks

When you make use of the jackhammer, do ensure to rest intermittently. Due to muscle-vibration fatigue, there could be accidents. Break your work into bits, and don’t try to work non-stop. 

Make Use of The Right Points

Make use of the appropriate points for the appropriate material, e.g., Chisel points for concrete, Rock points for concrete, etc. Don’t make use of a broken point.

If you want to change the tool points, first turn off the air source to reduce the nozzle’s pressure.

The Future is Gas Power

Our statement “the future is gas power” is like what the moguls said about oil in times past; The future is gas power for jackhammers.

Of a truth, Pneumatic jackhammers have served their time. The new devices now in vogue are gas-powered. Over the last hundred years, there has not been a vivid change in pneumatic technology.

As we start to see a dawn of jackhammers powered by gas, we also see a reduced risk when stones, concrete and rocks are broken. Would you join the train?

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