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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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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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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...

CPSC Chief Wants Improved Table Saw Safety

It isn’t often that a woodworking topic makes national news, but today’s USA Today carries just such a story. While not charting a specific course of government action, CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum was quoted by the paper as saying “The safety of table saws needs to be improved in a way that prevents school...

Free Table Saw Safety Articles

My drivers education teacher in high school made a big deal about the difference between accidents and collisions. His point was that most of what we call accidents, events that occur unexpectedly and unintentionally, are really collisions, preventable events that happen because of a lack of control or a lapse of attention. In reviewing...

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...

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Table Saws: Why the British Think We’re Crazy

Over the holidays, I saw the same question asked on both an American and British woodworking forum. The poster had received a new table saw for Christmas, had no experience and wanted to learn how to use the saw safely. One of the responses on the British forum was this: Whilst the risk of...

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California Closer to State Table Saw Regulations

While proposed standards for table saw safety move slowly through the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s rule making process, the State of California moved one step closer to enacting legislation that would require “flesh detecting technology” on all new table saws sold in that state beginning in 2015, according to a July 4 story in...