When your job involves using heavy machinery or electrical saws and similar devices you need to be extra careful to avoid having a serious accident at work. Whether you work with wood, metal, plastic, or any other material, you need to know how to use the devices properly and safely to avoid a health and safety claim.
What is a jointer?
A jointer is also called a planer or a surface planer and is an electrical device used to create a smooth surface on a wooden item. This could be a plank, worktop, or any other wooden item which requires a smooth surface.
How to prevent an accident at work with a jointer?
First of all, make sure you have the correct clothing and protection to prevent any work injuries. This includes footwear, and masks and goggles to avoid inhaling any dust. When using the jointer always keep your hands and your fingers behind the item you are making smooth. If you put your hand in front of the item then chances are you will have a serious work injury. Also, always make sure your device is working properly, if you are unsure if there is a fault with it, always make sure you get it tested to avoid any faulty product claim.
Finally, always make sure you are fully trained before using a jointer. If you are unsure of how to use it always ask for help so that you are confident when using it, as this will greatly decrease the risk of you having an accident at work. But, if in doubt about anything always speak to your manager as it is better to check things out rather than run the risk and suffer the consequences, which could be a nasty work injury.
But, if you do have an accident at work or have had one in the past three years which wasn’t your fault, you may be able to make a claim. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more by either speaking to someone on their phone line – 0800 689 0500 – which is manned 24 hours a day, or by taking the simple 30-second compensation calculator test online to find out how much your potential claim could be worth.
Date Published: January 15, 2014
Author: David Brown