Table Saw Safety

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Table Saw Verdict Upheld, CPSC Commisioner’s Statement

Two items are in the news today in the ongoing story about table saw injuries. In Boston yesterday, the US Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling in the case of Carlos Osorio vs. One World Technologies, awarding Osorio $1.5 million for a job site injury. You can read the entire court decision...

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CPSC Votes to Begin Table Saw Rules Process

By a unanimous vote, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted today to begin the formal process of creating new rules to reduce table saw injuries, according to this story in the Washington Post. The next step will be to accept public comments for 60 days, then the commission will begin the two-fold task of...

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Public Comments Next Step in Table Saw Safety Rules

The Consumer Products Safety Commission will meet on October 5, 2011 to decide whether or not to continue with an “Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking” to address table saw blade contact injuries. If the commission decides to proceed, the next step will be to accept comments from the public on this issue. Comments will...

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New CPSC Report: Human Factors in Table Saw Safety

Note: Executive editor Robert W. Lang was quoted in this article in USA Today. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued a new report on table saw injuries, and the report is available online. It should be noted that this is a report by an engineering psychologist about how consumers interact with two...

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Ripping Thin Stuff Safely

One of the issues of using a table saw safely is that many of the things intended to keep us safe don’t work well when you really need them. Ripping thin pieces on the table saw is a good example. In our shop, we have an overhead guard with built in dust collection. It’s...

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Where Do Table Saw Safety Rules Come From?

In addition to designing the Morris Mini, Alec Issigonis is credited with coining the phrase “A camel looks like a horse that was planned by a committee”. I can’t think of a better way to describe the guards that were standard equipment on table saws sold in the United States from the 1970s until...

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Safety Rules for Tablesaws: the PTI POV

There are a couple of techniques I use to sort out thorny and complicated issues; follow the money and check the math. I also try to remember that my little corner of the world is just that, it isn’t necessarily a reflection of the world at large. Like most serious woodworkers I don’t want...

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New Table Saw Safety Regs – PTI Speaks Up

Over the past few weeks, the debate over proposed Consumer Product Safety Commission regulations for table saw safety has been in the news. Curiously, the reason for it being in the news wasn’t any new development; CPSC has been holding meetings with representatives from both SawStop and from the Power Tool Institute, but these...

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What we like (and dislike) about this revolutionary machine. By the Popular Woodworking staff Pages: 86-87 From the October 2005 issue #150 Buy this issue now A safe table saw – that’s the holy grail of woodworking machinery, and that’s how many woodworkers view the SawStop cabinet saw. We’ve spent the last three months...