Table saws are a tool used daily by millions of people across the United States. They can easily be found in wood shops, at construction sites, and inside the homes of do-it-yourselfers. It’s no surprise then that more than 67,000 people suffer blade contact injuries, according to government estimates. Of these injuries, 33,000 injuries are treated in emergency rooms and more than 4,000 result in amputations of one or more fingers.
But what if these accidents and injuries could be prevented? That’s exactly what SawStop, a new table saw company, seeks to fix. They’ve created a safety device called SawStop that allows the blade of a saw to distinguish between wood and flesh, thus preventing any serious injuries from occurring. Since its inception, SawStop has recorded 2,000 “finger saves,” where users of the saw, had they been using a conventional saw, would have severely damaged or lost a finger. Instead, they received minor cuts or a few stitches, reducing the need for extensive medical care and any associated bills.
Unfortunately, fingers are still being sliced off since SawStop was created, but little has been done by the industry to introduce this technology in all table saws. More established table saw companies and the Power Tool Institute have pushed against the use of this new technology, arguing that the cost of society from table saw accidents, an estimated $2.36 billion, is exaggerated. But there’s also more at stake for these companies: if SawStop takes off, companies would have to face liability for accidents with conventional saws.
If a technology exists that would prevent life-altering table saw injuries, then companies that resist implementing it should be held liable for the accidents that their table saws cause. If you’ve experienced an injury due to a table saw, you deserve to know your legal rights. Fears | Nachawati Law Firm is actively representing clients who have been injured by table saws. If you’ve been hurt by a table saw, call us at 1.866.545.8364 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a free consultation.