We’re all used to having sandpaper on hand to sand down a surface and make it smooth. However, on some occasions you may need to take off a little more wood than you could achieve in this way. If it is too little to remove with a saw, a wood planer would be the ideal solution.
Wood planers come in either manual or electric versions. The latter is easier to use since you don’t have to put any real elbow grease into it. However, you might also be happier using a manual planer since it is easy to use in a variety of circumstances without having to plug it in. You should however be aware of how to use it safely so as to prevent possible injury.
Taking proper precautions
While a wood planer is extremely practical to use, wood planer injuries are no fun to experience. As such you need to make sure you know how to use one properly. This involves reading the instructions and familiarising yourself with them as best you can. If you are using planers in your workplace your employer should provide proper training.
You might also want to be sure you use proper protection in these circumstances. Bits of wood can easily fly off and hit you in the eyes for example, causing a nasty injury. Employers should provide adequate protection indicated by a risk assessment before the equipment is used. The item that is being planed should also be properly held in place using a vice and a work bench. These items should also be provided.
Focusing on safety first
Safety is clearly an important factor in minimising the odds of suffering wood planer injuries. It doesn’t matter whether you’re using a manual or electric planer, the same safety elements should always come into play. Health and safety in the workplace plays a clear role here.
Whatever type of accident you have had, you should contact Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible afterwards. This will ensure you have the chance to speak to a professional advisor who can listen to your case and help determine whether compensation could be a possible outcome for you. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call 0800 689 0500 to learn whether compensation could be a likely outcome for you. We’ll reveal more information when you call and tell us about your case.
Date Published: August 22, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead