The reason this upsets me is because everyone on this forum, and in the woodworking/construction industry are paying for this litigation. That's right you and I are responsible for paying this $1.5 million to this clown. People think that they can just sue a big bad corporation and no one else gets hurt. WRONG. These companies are an integral part of our personal lives. They employ us, they help with our medical insurance, they fund our retirement, and they provide the goods and services that make our way of life possible. Corporations = Individual Americans. And guess what, when the corporation gets sued, the individuals are the ones who lose. It may be through less employment opportunities, lower wages, or a higher price of the goods that we want to consume. One way or another all the individuals get hurt.
Hundreds of Thousands of responsible individuals are forced to pay the price for one idiot. Taking responsibility for your own actions is tough, but it is what a decent human being would have done in this situation.
There are many inherent risks in life. And you CHOOSE to accept those risks when using dangerous equipment. If you do not want to take risks, then choose a job or hobby that does not involve dangerous equipment (there are plenty out there). If you do choose to take the risk, then take the responsibility for your actions and the consequences of those actions. Anyone who supports this decision is pathetic.
This spill in the gulf is absolutely tragic, and I love to see individuals attempting to propose ideas to solve it. I would however argue that the experts at BP had a much higher probability of success with a junk shot (which has worked previously) than throwing saw dust at the problem (which I have no doubt was proposed). While saw dust might have great success absorbing a highly refined petroleum product such as chainsaw oil, this test fails to do anything but scratch the surface. As Steve pointed out, a back of the envelop calculation should be used to see if such an effort would even be feasible before bashing what BP has been doing and suggesting that you have a better solution.
Please, continue to bring new ideas forth for a solution to the problem, but do not bash the BP team's efforts after conducting a limited garage project.
Kennywho What "egregious actions of others" could have possibly been committed here. The case was not about a malfunctioning saw, but the lack of incorporating a technology, that as a last resort protects a negligent user from his/her mistake. Where is the egregious action? Has the table saw been a death machine that the evil corporations have been pawning off on us at the chance to make some quick cash?
If this technology is vital to the well being of table saw users, then why wouldn't everyone rush to buy one the instant they came on the market regardless of price? Isn't your finger worth a few hunderd (or even thousand) extra dollars? Apparently most people have made the CHOICE that they can operate a table saw safely without this safety device (and by my estimations over 99.9% do).
People should be presented with the evidence on table saw injuries, educated about using table saws, and then be allowed to make a choice about which saw to purchase. (All of this information is readily available). If every table saw user comes to the conclusion that Saw Stop is a necessity, then it will be incorporated into every table saw by consumer CHOICE. My next saw will probably have saw stop. But it will be because I am willing to pay a little extra insurance on my digits, and not because the government forces me to do it. If someone else disagrees with my decision and wants to save some cash by not using the technology, well, it is a free country....for now.
P.S. If you engage a Saw Stop, you have used your machine Negligently.
Yet another sad commentary on America. If you CHOOSE to use a table saw without saw stop, you must also CHOOSE to accept the inherent risks associated with that piece of machinery. 10 years ago could someone also sue a manufacturer for not inventing Saw Stop? Additionally, Saw Stop is a last resort to save you from YOUR mistake.
A planer would be nice
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