Many dangers lurk during maintenance work. Read about why hammering is known as the riskiest job in maintenance applications and find out how you can increase safety at work. 

Hammering is known as the riskiest job in maintenance applications. Even experienced craftsmean and professionals sometimes mess up their aim and hit their own fingers instead of the original target. The result: pain, bruises or even fractures. But not only the hands of the maintenance personnel are in immediate danger. Often splinters come off when hammering, which can lead to severe eye injuries. Even though removing hammers entirely from the tool boxes would be the ideal solution, it is rather unlikely to happen. In many cases, striking or hammering remains the best possible solution to complete the job in the fastest time.

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In order to protect yourself from an accident at work with a hammer, it is advisable to wear protective clothing. A pair of safety goggles should always be at hand to protect the eyes from splinters. In addition, you should always wear gloves, not only to protect yourself from possible hits on the hands but also for a better grip, so that the hammer lies firmly in your hands.

Caution when handling a sTRIKING wrench

There are also other tools that may cause injuries if used improperly or carelessly. Like hammers, regular striking wrenches are known as some of the most dangerous tools on sites. Beside the risk of striking, it happens that the wrench falls off or flies flunges away from the bolt or nut in the process. This poses a major risk to workers and can seriously injure them.

There aren’t that many solutions existing to maintain a regular striking wrench in place. But most of the time, the solution involves additional accessories or parts to put in place such as handles, magnets or straps. The use of these accessories is often very time-consuming and therefore most of the workers are not willing to use them as they are too slow to put in place. And even if they are willing to invest the time into their own security, the little handles and magnets often get lost or forgotten. Another obstacle is that some of them are too large and cannot be used in narrow spaces.


More safety thanks to AMPCO

The Safewrench® made by AMPCO SAFETY TOOLS secures itself and doesn’t fall off. This way it provides a strong hold on the bolt or nut without using any additional accessories. Therefore, the safety feature is always in place and the workers don’t have to carry around additional aids like handles, magnets or straps. Furthermore, its technology allows the worker to act alone and keep both hands on the hammer at any time. On the one hand, this provides more efficiency and comfort when working in narrow spaces or using the tool overhead. On the other hand, keeping both hands on the handle offers also more security, because the risk of hitting your own hand is eliminated.



Regular striking wrenches are a frequent cause of occupational accidents. Therefore, some companies or prime-contractors wanted to ban the regular striking wrenches from the tool boxes on site. But they simply could not find a good and convenient replacement tool for the dangerous striking wrenches. The Safewrench® by AMPCO SAFETY TOOLS is providing the ideal solution for the job. Not only does it offer the same capabilities of a regular striking wrench. In addition, its technology offers more security as well as more comfort for the maintenance personnel. This makes any work involving a wrench more efficient. A company that relies on the benefits of the Safewrench® by AMPCO SAFETY TOOLS therefore profits in every aspect.

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