I read an article today from Regina, SK about a student that had two fingers cut off in a table saw accident. Let me start off by saying that I feel for anyone that has a serious accident in the workshop. Especially one where you loose fingers. The student is taking legal action against the school for “board negligence, instructor incompetence and shoddy equipment”. I read on thinking that maybe a fence was damaged or that there was a misalignment of the blade, but when you read on, the shoddy table saw was that the blade didn’t stop when it came into contact with the students fingers. The line that really got me shaking my head was that the “old and outdated” table saw “suddenly and unexpectedly” propelled a piece of wood toward him causing the blade to come into contact with his fingers. Again I feel sorry for the guy but I’m wondering where does this stop. I”m actually suprised that anyone is selling or manufacturing a traditional table saw anymore. I’ve read several comments from people supporting the lawsuits because they feel like its the only way to get the technology implemented, but if you think about how many table saws are in high school shop class rooms, college class rooms, cabinet shops etc.. the task and expense of changing all of those out at one time would be overwhelming. Anyone stepping into a shop has to realize that there is a certain risk when working with power tools. If you don’t want to assume the risk don’t enter the shop.
The article can be found here.
-- Scott, Georgia