Table Saw Safety Survey

Table saw safety has been a hot news item lately, and as we worked on this story it became apparent that the numbers being published regarding the prevalence of injuries weren’t adding up. There are some statistics about the number of reported accidents, but how does that compare to the number of saws in actual use? We know there is a chance of being injured every time you turn on the saw, but how many people get hurt? Does this relate to the nature of the machine, or the habits and experience of the user? Is any device capable of replacing common sense and good work habits?

To get a handle on how our readers use their saws, and to dig deeper into this issue, we’ve prepared a short survey. We’d like you to answer a few short questions whether or not you own a table saw, or suffered an injury.

It isn’t entirely scientific but it will give all of us a better idea about the circumstances surrounding table saw injuries. You can participate by clicking on this link, and if you’ve had an injury you can help the next guy by sharing your experience in the survey and by leaving a comment below. We’ll keep you up to date with what the survey says, and with other developments on this issue.

Click here to take survey

Robert W. Lang

42 thoughts on “Table Saw Safety Survey

  1. Bill

    Robert Lang, THANK YOU, for conducting this informal survey. Despite the nit-picking in the early comments, I appreciated your attempt to draw attention to the issue of shop safety.

    As for my own incident, I was cutting raised panels on the right side of the fence (right tilt saw). Since most operations take place on the left side of the fence, this felt awkward and I was uncomfortable. Just as my right hand passed over the blade, it slipped and dropped onto the exposed teeth. It shredded the tips of all 4 fingers. The ER was not able to stitch anything back together, so they just put large bandages on each finger. Fortunately I didn’t lose anything, but I have scars on each finger tip and slightly reduced feeling in each one.

    As soon as I could get back to work in the shop I made one jig and one fixture to prevent this type of accident again. The jig is a tall support with clamp to ride on the fence. The fixture extends over the exposed blade so if I do slip, I can’t get my fingers into the blade. I also set the blade height to barely extend beyond the work piece.

    Bill Clemmons

  2. Howie Crouch

    Wow, sure seems to be a lot of survey "experts" out there. My only comment is GET SOME HEARING PROTECTION ON! (Look at your picture. Had to yell so you could hear me!)

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