A rather serious safety problem exists in this country and unfortunately it gets very little media attention. For example, about ten people lose a finger or have a hand mangled in a table saw each day in the U.S. The government has now decided to take a closer look at the saws and determine how to make them safer. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted unanimously to begin writing a rule aimed at reducing injuries from table saws.
Chairman Inez Tenenbaum says the “injuries resulting from the use of table saws are, in many cases, particularly gruesome.” The CPSC estimates that consumers suffered about 67,300 medically treated blade-contact injuries annually in 2007 and 2008 with an associated injury cost of $2.36 billion in each of those years. The industry says those numbers don’t reflect the newly designed guard systems that manufacturers started putting on saws in 2007 as a way to shield woodworkers and others from injury.
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