I suspect anyone even tangentially involved in this industry has been through this issue before. My feeling is that this is a complicated issue, which has some fairly significant consequences and implications for the entire ww industry. Finding the truth here isn’t easy.
Of course manufacturers don’t want to discuss the safety of their tools openly. And I’m not convinced woodworkers always ensure that their accidents are reported correctly. Sorting out the beginning woodworker with the new craftsman saw from the low paid factory worker, to the retired, experienced woodworker with a $4000 saw isn’t easy or clear to me. Folks who collect reports may also be slanted. I have no idea about this website’s veracity.
Though I’ve only met him a few times, Glen Huey is the sort I would look to for truth on this issue. Glen reminds me a bit of my brother Steve. I suspect Glen, like Steve, has done it all, seen it all. Both men have spent their entire lives in woodworking. There’s a lot of wisdom that comes with that. What they haven’t done, they’ve very likely seen. Here’s what Glen has to say.
While you digest that, I’ll type up some of my thoughts about alternatives from my point of view. I hope other woodworkers will do the same.