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Re: Man Wins Big Money in Tablesaw Lawsuit

While a manufacturer is responsible for providing a product that is safe to use, the terms of use are critical, and tend to be well-defined. A table-saw is DESIGNED to cut anything presented to it... and that includes flesh. When I use my table-saw, I am always aware of the potential for injury, and I take what I consider to be adequate precautions so as not to put any "flesh" in harm's way. Quite frankly, I am not sure I would spend the money on "flesh detecting technology", and I am certainly not going to ask the manufacturer to absorb the added cost on my behalf... I consider that kind of safety feature an "extra". I would also not fault a manufacturer for deciding NOT to include such features in a product. Let's face it, table-saws have been around for many years... and plenty of us use them without injury... and THAT is no accident. I'll stop short of calling the injured party "stupid", but I will point out that every power tool I've ever purchased, no matter how benign, comes with plenty of warnings about proper use... and I suppose some of us actually read the instructions. I also feel the jury decision reflects a general sense of entitlement, and a belief that corporations with deep pockets don't really feel the sting when they are sued. Sadly, we all pay for this sort of nonsense... and in many other areas of our lives...

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