I guess in the years since I took civics, someone threw out the idea of "contributory negligence". If he was crosscutting (as most flooring cuts would require), he was using the wrong tool to do the job. He should have been using a mitre saw. If he was ripping, then he probably either had the guard removed or was not using a push block. It stinks that he lost his finger, but HIS negligence and not the saw's design seems to be the cause of the accident. Even if it had been available, that little sawstop gadget adds about $800 to the price of a basic contractor saw. I could never imagine anyone paying $1000 for a tabletop saw - even someone with $1.5M (less legal expenses, of course).
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