It is very unfortunate for anyone to receive any serious injury from any tool for any reason. I do not know all of the circumstances surrounding the incident, so it is hard to judge much from where I sit. BUT, the world has bigger issues to resolve. Did the guy read the instructions? Did he use proper technique? Was he using the blade guard? was he in a hurry? Did he have any prior experience on the machine, or one like it? Blah, blah, blah. The other day I did a stupid thing for the first time ever ;) and put my saw blade in backwards AND proceeded to cut a piece of wood. I thought for a second, boy this piece of 3/4 ply is really hard stuff. I wonder if I can sue the manufacturer for the cost of a new blade because they did not have a mechanism to prevent this mishap? C'mon, a machine defect is one thing. A human defect is another. Woodworking is inherently dangerous and expensive. Thanks to the complainant, judge and jury, it seems it will remain as such.
The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It, by Michael Gerber.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone considering making a living out of a hobby or interest or just looking to for a way to venture out on your own. Search for it on Amazon.com and read the reviews. The first chapter was weak, but after that it got much better. I learned about this book while I was taking an SBA (Small Business Administration)class, which is another great resource.
For me, woodworking is my escape from my information technology day job and as long as I don't lose my... (I won't say it) in the process, I'll be happily enjoying woodworking long after retirement...some day ;)
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