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Posted on Cabinetry firm fined $50K in amputation

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#1 posted 05-11-2011 07:51 AM

i think these big facilities will laugh at you if you suggest a sawstop to them, the safety feature is great but the saw itself is of an obsolete design. a serious cabinet production facility of that size is probably not gonna use a tablesaw design that hasn’t changed in the past 50 years, but instead use european sliding panelsaws for the sake of productivity and comfort.

european saws have alot of safety features that are enforced by law in europe, but for certain operations (wich are usually forbidden by the constructors) you need to dismantle some safety features like the riving knife and such.
chances are that they permanently removed them out of lazyness and then accidents happen. probably not so much the users fault, the upper chiefs would have known about this and allowed it. somehow taking the responsability of letting their employees work in unreasonably dangerous conditions.

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