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I think we can all assume that everyone posting here is a wood worker who reads – FWW, FHB, books, and even directions. We, as a whole, understand the inherent dangers that come with woodworking.
While lawyers from the insurance company and manufacturers are getting rich, where is the employer’s lawyer? We hear about the two big parties involved; that is, the insurance and manufacturing company (the ones with money), but not as much about the one that had direct supervision over the injured. Did Oscar remove the guards without the employer’s knowledge? We have read in past stories about the lack of training Oscar received. With the web being so accessible - PDF documents with operating instructions (in many different languages) are readily available. There simply is no excuse for this lack of training.
I see some issues. 1) The saw manufactures will all beat a path to saw stop. 2) Everyone will now be even more reckless because the have a "Blade Break" to save their ass. Tools are dangerous, woodworking can be dangerous. If you choose one or both of those options you will be subject to dangers. It is you who is needs to deal with (be following proper procedures) the dangers. A portable table saw (like the one in the picture) is more dangerous than a shop model (cabinet saw). The direct drive and lack of horsepower makes the saw more likely to cause injury (my opinion. I have never seen a portable saw with the safety equipment AFTER be puchased. I have had comments made because I set-up a make shift finger board and pushstick on a jobsite that I needed to use the company tablesaw (a portable) In the end all manufactures need to sell a product with reasonable safety equipment. It is the end user who needs to be responsible fo the use of the safety equipment and following procedure.
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