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Topic tags/keywords: tablesaw injury data

This is some research to satisfy a curiosity – I hope you’ll all play along. The response to this thread simply needs to be a single number, and one number only. If you have clicked open this thread, please post a reply – it will take you 5 seconds.

The number is the number of people you personally know (have met, online acquaintances do not count) to have injured themselves at the tablesaw via direct contact with the blade, including yourself, counting multiple instances. If you’ve cut off a digit twice, you’d respond with “2”. If your uncle did it twice, you’d respond “2”. If you have 5 co-workers who each did it once, you’d enter “5”. If you don’t personally know anyone, you’d enter “0”.

Again, these are ONLY direct blade contact injuries at the tablesaw. Injury caused by a kicked back workpiece to the body should not be counted. Injury caused by kickback causing direct blade contact SHOULD be counted.

Please leave discussions about TS injuries, flesh-sensing technology, government regulation, profit-seeking inventors, etc. to other threads. I intend this to be ONLY a data-gathering thread.

NOTE: I am not affiliated with any power tool company, government agency concerned with power tool injuries, woodworking publication, etc. Just thought it would be interesting to see what kind of data we could compile.

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-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#2 posted 980 days ago

I excluded kickbacks

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#3 posted 980 days ago

Kickbacks leading to belly cuts are more common.
Any ER doctors here?

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#5 posted 980 days ago


Knock on wood.

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#8 posted 980 days ago

Thankfully not me.

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FYI – I have been nicked by a TS blade and have suffered minor nerve damage as a result. I am not including that because I still have all of that digit.

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#13 posted 980 days ago

5 to 10
55 plus years using commercial tools. Shops, marina/yacht yards , job sites. Have ten.
How many killed/injured using cell phones?
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#15 posted 980 days ago

2- one guy lost two fingers, the other just nicked his fingernail

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