Working in factories, you expect to be up close to, if not operating, some serious-looking machinery. Whether packing or making parts, all types of industrial work leaves its employees vulnerable to hazards that could cause a myriad accidents at work.
What is a thickness planer?
Although it may not sound as though it could cause much harm at work, a thickness planer is actually a heavy-duty piece of machinery that is designed to cut wooden boards to the same size and thickness.
Top 10 safety tips for operating a thickness planer
- Do not operate a thickness planer without adequate training
- Always wear appropriate clothing – avoid loose items and remove any jewellery
- Tie hair back
- Wear safety goggles and hearing protection at all times
- Follow the specific manufacturing guide, rather than general thickness planer operating techniques
- Always insert the thickest end of the plank first
- Check the wood is suitable for use, remove any fasteners or miscellaneous objects
- Do not plane varnished wood
- Keep the work area clean – free from dust
- Always feed the wood by holding the end, rather than placing your hand under the plank
Injured at work using a planer?
If you have been injured at work while using a planer and feel that you aren’t to blame for the work-related injury that you incurred, you may be able to claim work accident compensation for the harm you have suffered.
While undertaking duties of employment, your employer has a legal responsibility to ensure that your health and safety is protected. If you believe that the accident in question was the fault of your employer, it could be that they have failed to meet this obligation.
Using a law firm
Rather than struggling with the legal side of things yourself, a law firm will take the stress off your shoulders and manage your work accident claim from start to finish.
Accident Advice Helpline has 13 years’ experience in helping victims of work-related injury receive the compensation they are entitled to.
On a no-win, no-fee basis, Accident Advice Helpline will look at the fundamentals of your work accident claim and assess if it is likely to be successful. Following this, your case will be passed to a suitable lawyers who will fight your case to guarantee the best possible outcome.
To discuss your claim with a member of Accident Advice Helpline’s expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.
Date Published: February 5, 2014
Author: David Brown