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Back in junior high school, there were occasions when the entire class would be  threatened with punishment due to the actions of one or two troublemakers. The current fuss over proposed actions from the Consumer Product Safety Commission possibly requiring “flesh detecting technology” on saws reminds me of Mrs. Vasbinder’s attempts to force a confession from a petty thief or vandal. There really is a problem with table saw safety; too many people are getting hurt, and most of those injuries can be prevented. But is the proposed solution the best choice for everyone?

Teaching table saw users how to keep their hands  away from table saw blades is a far easier, and less expensive way to lower accident rates than mandating devices to minimize damage after a  hand meets a saw blade. If it were up to me, I would require every would-be table saw owner to read 100 anecdotal reports about table saw injuries.


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