Power planes are used in construction to quickly and easily resize a piece of wood with the minimum of physical effort. The reason they can cut wood so easily is that they are very sharp; this, in addition to the fact that they are electrically powered, makes them quite dangerous to use.
What is a power plane?
A power plane is a flat, heavy object that looks very similar to a clothes iron. It comes with a bag for waste collection to the side and a large power-adjustment knob on the front. Its on/off button is usually very clearly marked on the handle. On the bottom of the power plane, a sharp blade slices the surface of the wood beneath to subtly and smoothly reshape it.
Safety tips for using a power plane
- Never operate a power plane while under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Always wear safety goggles, even if you are just in the vicinity of someone else using a power plane
- Always wear ear defenders, as the power plane generates potentially hazardous levels of sound
- Always wear a safety mask, as the materials generated by the safety plane could be hazardous to health
- Never wear excessively loose clothing that could be caught in the plane, and tie long hair back
- Ensure the work area is well lit and ventilated
- Do not work near flammable gases or liquids
- Ensure that the power cable does not lie in the path of the planer
- Ensure that the work surface is clean and free of obstacles or debris
- Never hold the planer by any area but its handle
- Never work on damp surfaces or in a damp work area
What to do if you have been injured in an accident with a power plane
If you have been injured at work in an incident with a power plane, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. This is because your employer has a duty of care to keep you safe at work.
For more information about personal injury compensation and employer negligence, contact our expert advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. They’ll be happy to discuss your situation in detail, even if you choose not to make a claim at the end of the call. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so feel free to call whenever is convenient. If you’d prefer a very quick guide to your possible eligibility, check our 30-second online claims test.