I just read another post about a fellow who hurt himself on his table saw. I think it takes guts to report an injury like this on a wood working forum and I applaud all who do. Unfortunately, I’ve seen several such posts and I don’t read the “Normal” forums.
I make all sorts of mistakes in my shop. I think I’m a little clumsy in some ways. But none of my accidents have or even have the potential to rob me of my digits. And I guess I’m wondering how long we’re going to sit here and do nothing about the table saw. We express our sympathies, suggest one can continue doing good work without one’s fingers (even though we know it’s not true) and move on.
I’m sympathetic to the issue: A basketball injury left me with a poorly functioning right forefinger. The middle joint dislocated while blocking a chest pass and the upper bone punched thru the skin on the inside of my hand.