Sledgehammers Recalled Due to Injury Hazard

The head of the sledgehammers can detach, causing an injury hazard during use.   May 3, 2023

By Greg Zimmerman, senior contributing editor

Manufacturer Stanley Black & Decker is recalling 2.2 million sold sledgehammers due to a defect that can cause the head of the sledgehammer to loosen prematurely, detach unexpectedly during use, and cause injury. 

The sledgehammers being recalled are the DeWALT, Stanley and Craftsman Fiberglass brands, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s recall notice. The recalled sledgehammers weigh between 2 and 12 pounds and range between 14” and 36” in length. The sledgehammers were sold online and in various home improvement and hardware stores between November 2013 and November 2022. 

Facility managers should immediately stop using the recalled sledgehammers and check Stanley Black & Decker’s recall website for information on how to get a refund. 

There have been 192 reports of the head of the sledgehammers coming loose. These incidents have resulted in two injuries. 

Greg Zimmerman is senior contributing editor for and Building Operating Management magazine. 




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