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I can't believe she laughed at my joke. Nobody laughs at my jokes.
Of course this is not about liberals or conservatives, or tort law or socialism or any of the other things the right wing wants to rant about.
This is about the lawyers for Ryobi not doing a very good job making their case, oh, and maybe something to do with letting almost everyone out of jury duty.
This will be reversed on appeal. The court system is working just fine, mostly. But if you conservatives want to get your panties in a bunch, your should be very worried about the extremist activist right-wing judges on the Supreme Court who think money is speech and corporations are people. You won't believe what's coming your way!
Thanks for the comments, Gary. Totally agree that each station, each machine requires its own kind of "safety policy" for operation. And that includes everything from hand tools to the radial arm saws. As someone who used to see a lot of workplace injuries, I will add that even the best safety programs become stale after a while, so I recommend some kind of new plans every so often. Make a new push stick that will force you to pay "new" attention on your saw; put up a new safety sign; add a new fence. We are creatures of pattern and habit.
Just a quick word to the tort reform fanatics:
There is little evidence that tort reform actually does anything to reduce prices in the market. And the vast majority of people truly injured by faulty products and people, never sue. Personally, I think that we need some reform on frivolous suits, but I like the idea that someone is looking out for lead in my kids toys, hanging and collapsing hazards in his crib, etc. The people that benefit from tort reform are not us, it is the insurance companies and the Chamber of Commerce. Don't believe everything you hear on AM radio.
Not surprising to see the right-wing rants appearing here as they do everywhere. Two quick facts about tort reform: most people who get injured by poorly manufactured products do NOT sue; and there are several states that have had major tort reform (e.g. Texas), and have little or no benefit to show for it regarding costs, court schedules, or really anything else. These extreme cases always make the headlines, but the number of people injured by actual, foreseeable product failures is staggering.
As to this case: It will no doubt be going on to appeal, as most of these do. Highly unlikely that it will be decided in the man's favor at a higher court, for these two reasons: He had the option of buying the other saw, and the "reasonableness standard" says that manufacturer's don't have to have every latest feature on their products, just the ones most common, reasonable, and expected. Most saws coming with a splitter or riving knife, and a saw guard.
Saw Stop has been supporting these lawsuits, lobbying for their product, and trying to cash in. They have every right to do that, but come off a bit sleazy in my opinion.
Every car does not come with side airbags. Every product does not come with all the latest safety features, and no one expects every manufacturer to have every feature, especially when those features are patent-restricted.
I agree in this case that the liability lies with the owner/user of the saw. But let's stop throwing every liability case into the bin and assume that it's all about bad lawyers, bad juries and greedy people. There are enough shoddy greedy sleazy people on both sides.
new central dust collector would be great
OK. a good low-angle block plane, a couple of Lie Nielsen chisels, one of those sets of radius scrapers.
I need to set up one of those buffing stations. Maybe a variable speed grinder too.
Next up is one of those high-tech sliding tables for the table saw: clamps, bearings, and maybe a cnc motor to drive a consistent cut.
Oh, yeah, Santa, and one of those gizmos that turns on the shop vac when I turn on the tool.
a couple of really good chisels
one of those gizmos that turns on the shop-vac when you turn on the tool
I too have heard great things about the cookies and would love to try a set of them! Promise to submit a thorough review!
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