"Had this lawsuit been in Canada, the employer would've had to pay."
Actually, we have had lawsuits where employees are not just at fault. I don't know if you are aware of the incident that happened a couple of years ago on December 25 Christmas day where 5 construction workers, whom were illegal from the middle east were on a construction platform and fell to there death due to exceeding the weight limit on a swing stage scaffold, all but one died, and the one who lived is paralyzed. I don't know if anyone was found guilty or if it's still in the courts, however, everyone has been charged from the site supervisor, the construction company, the owner of the swing stage company and the makers of the swing stage company. When doing my ministry of labor safety courses they told me that it's all uphill when it comes to accidents in construction.
I don't care if tablesaws have flesh-sensing technology or not, however, if they think I am throwing my old Delta table saw, or my ridgid portable table saw, and expect me to replace it with a new one, all I ask is for some compensation. In regards to the taper cut, you don't see tool companies in instruction manuals advising on the proper way to make a table cut, or offering for sale a jig to make a taper cut with some sort of clamp down. Why not make the argument that had he used a festool track saw with the festool workstation, this could have been prevented as well? And in regards to all the other table saw safety accessories out there, the riving knife is the only one useful. How can anti-kickback fingers be useful when they work against you as you push? How do you do a dado cut with them or with the saw guard on?
I wonder how many accidents a year happen with ladders, are we going to ban them and make everyone invest in scaffolds? How many accidents a year happen with cars? Should we adopt the computer driven batmobile idea because people make mistakes?
I'm sorry. But, regardless of the sawstop being a good saw or not, the only point I see in that saw is in classroom where accidents are more likely to occur. The majority of accidents that happen with tablesaws is because the person using it doesn't know how to use the tool properly, and therefore does something really dangerous like crosscut without a sled, resulting in kickback, or someone getting way too comfortable with the saw, and therefore, putting their fingers way too close to the blade. I've used a crappy skil table saw, a ryobi, a new dewalt with the rack and pinion, an industrial sliding table panel saw, and a saw stop, and in the end, I think the saw stop idea is a joke. They advertised it one day on the local news here in Toronto where some "professional" cabinet maker was using a standard table saw, and while he was ripping a piece of wood, he looked up at the clock to see what time it was. I'm sorry, but, accidents are preventable, and if someone does something that stupid, they shouldn't be using the machine. As for this whole lawsuit, I don't understand it. Only in America I guess. What ever happened to buyer beware? How about a reciprocating saw that doesn't kick back? Give me a break.
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