Improving safety in Bridge Refurbishment and Rivet Removal

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The use of Hot Metal Rivets as a means of connection in Industrial Steelworks dates back to the early-mid 1800s when they were used in the construction of everything from steam engines, ships and commercial buildings to public civil engineering projects like bridges and railways.


Whilst they have proven themselves over the last 200 years as strong, reliable connections, the passing of time and the effects of the weather have inevitably taken a toll and the repair and maintenance of riveted structures is now a huge industry in its own right.

To tackle the specialist task of removing structural rivets before repairs can be undertaken, pneumatic hammers known as rivet busters have traditionally been used. 


Whilst they can be a very effective solution in the hands of skilled operatives, there are multiple hazards and downsides associated with their use and safety conscious contractors are increasingly seeking alternative methods to replace or reduce the need for Rivet Busters.


With this in mind, HMT have developed a unique range of Rivet Removal products aimed at improving safety, speeding up operations and reducing the need for heavy and dangerous compressed air systems in Bridge rehabilitation works, Railtrack repairs and more.

Review the HMT Rivet Removal range in greater detail here



For an in-depth analysis of Rivet Busters, the advantages, disadvantages and the impact their Hand Arm Vibrations (HAVS) have on operator working time, click here.

For a Step-by-Step guide to the process and benefits of drilling structural rivets rather than busting them, click here.

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