A hammer tacker is a basic tool in most tool kits; however, if a hammer tacker is not used carefully, it can cause grievous injuries. Since hammer tackers use mechanical force, working just like a hammer, a wrong flick can lead to a misplaced staple and injury. Although considered infinitely safer than a power saw or other similar power tools, hammer tackers can be dangerous if not used in the right manner, with your hands and fingers being the most vulnerable.
Here are some safety tips that you should keep in mind when using a hammer tacker; remembering these will help you prevent minor scrapes, bruises and cuts anywhere on your body.
1. Clean the Work Area
Trip hazards are extremely dangerous when you are working with hammer tackers. The hammer is made of two parts: the handle and the head. If you fall and the head is placed incorrectly, you could injure yourself very badly by shooting a staple through yourself. Therefore, before beginning your work, make sure that the work area is clean and there is no debris on the ground.
2. Check the Hammer
Check your hammer carefully before putting it to use. The handle should be attached to the head firmly. The handle should not be splintered or cracked. Swing the hammer lightly to make sure that the handle is not loose.
3. Use Electrical Insulation
If you are working around electrical wires, you should always use a hammer that has a handle that is electrically insulated. This helps keep you safe from exposed wiring that may be lying conspicuously.
4. Wear Eye Protection
It is important to wear appropriate eye protection gear whenever you are working. Your eyes are very delicate and when you are tacking or stapling, there is a slight possibility a loose splinter (or the staple itself) will fly and embed itself in an unwanted area on your body. Make sure your eyes are protected at all times.
5. Stay Away from Other Workers
When using a hammer tacker, always have enough clearance from fellow workers. This can help you prevent unintentional injuries to those around you.
6. Use an Insulated Handle
If you are going to be working with your hammer tacker for long periods of time, make sure you choose one that has an insulated handle. This helps you protect your hand from vibrations and impact of the pressure that you are putting.
7. Pick the Correct Size
The handle size is extremely important too. There are many different kinds of hammer tackers available commercially. If at all you end up using a handle that is not the correct size, it can hurt you when you are working with it. Always choose a handle that is the right size so that the pressure that you use is applied correctly.
8. Use in a Secure Space
While using a hammer, make sure you are sitting in a secure place, or have secure footing. If you are working at heights, make sure you are balancing correctly. Your ladder should be sturdy since the movements you make with the hammer tacker can throw you off balance.
9. Do Not Use Edged Handles
Do not use hammer tackers which have edged handles. The handles should always be round so that you have a good grip. Edges tend to cut off your circulation when you are working for extended periods of time.