Things You Need To Know Before Operating a Jackhammer

A lot of time and effort goes into laying concrete structures, but sometimes it is necessary to tear apart those structures for other construction purposes. Tearing apart concrete is no easy task. Builders and contractors often turn to jackhammers to help with this big job.

A jackhammer is a serious piece of heavy equipment, and jackhammer operators must understand a few important rules before working with this tool. This quick guide will provide you with some important tips on how to operate a jackhammer.

Is a Jackhammer Easy To Operate?

The short answer is, no. A jackhammer is a major piece of heavy equipment. It takes practice to learn how to operate this equipment safely and effectively. Although a jackhammer can greatly speed up a concrete demo job when used correctly, it can actually slow down operations and endanger the team when it is not used correctly, making it a liability rather than an asset. This is why you should pay special attention to the following considerations before operating a jackhammer.

Proper Safety Equipment

There is specific safety equipment that will need to be used before you can safely operate this equipment. You will need to use the following types of safety equipment to avoid serious injuries:

  • Earmuff or buds
  • Hat
  • Goggles
  • Respirator
  • Visibility vest
  • Work gloves
  • Steel toed shoes

Proper Training

Do not attempt to use a jackhammer until you have had proper training on safe operation. If you are using the jackhammer at work, your employer must provide this training. If you are using a jackhammer at home, it is your responsibility to get the proper training before operating the equipment. Your safety and the safety of those around you depend on your proper training.

Proper Placement

Jackhammers are used along with an air compressor to reduce noise. Be sure to place the compressor far from the worksite. This can help keep your ears safe and make the job run more smoothly.

Proper Inspection

You should take some time prior to the operation to inspect the jackhammer. You need to check for any defects or damage that could affect the operation of the equipment.

Proper Self Position

It is also very important that you position yourself properly as well while operating the jackhammer. It should be placed at an angle leaning back toward you. This will give you more control over the tool.

Be sure to lift with your thighs. This will decrease the instance of back strain.

Proper Point Usage

Jackhammers come with different points to be used on different materials. Choosing the correct point for the material will ensure a safe job that runs smoothly and effectively. Be sure to study the points and their different applications so that you can choose the proper one for your project.  

Proper Work Area

The area you will be working in should be cleared prior to operation. All bystanders should be cleared as well as animals. If you notice someone entering the job area, shut down the machine.