|Forum topic by MrRon||posted 05-09-2014 06:53 PM||2267 views||0 times favorited||63 replies|
05-09-2014 06:53 PM
Last night, on TV, there was a paid message for a law firm that would represent persons injured by table or stationary saws. It claimed “30,000 people are injured, maimed or even killed due to table saw accidents” It then showed a picture of a Sawstop and flashed pictures of hands with missing fingers and mutilated hands. I didn’t catch the name of the law firm, but I’ll bet it had to be that of the sawstop developer. He is now going after all saw manufacturers. I hope the saw manufacturers have a good team of lawyers. A few law suits could bankrupt them, or put them out of the saw business. I didn’t have anything against sawstop, but now, I would never have a sawstop, even for free, just out of principal. I remember back a few years when someone filed a suit against Ryobi due to injury caused by one of their saws. I believe the verdict was for the plaintiff, but later overturned. Hopefully, people who have run their hand through a saw blade, will use discretion and realize their injury was due to their own lack of judgement and not that of the machine.
This is the same argument for guns. Guns don’t kill; people do and so it goes with saws. Saws don’t injure; people do. A saw or any machine just sits there quietly minding it’s own business and someone comes along, turns it on and sticks their hand into the spinning blade.
Maybe there should be a disclaimer on every machine and tool that states, “This machine is dangerous and can cause injury or death. Use at your own risk”.
An airplane or automobile is a good example. Who would stick their hand into a spinning fan blade or airplane propeller then sue the car or airplane maker?
To me, this is disturbing. In a litigation happy country, there may be many who would sue for the money, regardless of the circumstances and a lot of ambulance chasers available to oblige them. This could spell doom for woodworkers. Let’s hope nothing comes of this.