Government Considers Requiring Quick Stop Technology on Table Saws

Table Saw Dangers: Tulsa Business Owner Urges Manufacturers to Prioritize Safety Feature

Matt Baxter, assistant manager at Woodcraft of Tulsa, recognizes the risks associated with table saws and always pays close attention to his hands and workpiece while using them. Despite this, table saws cause over 30,000 injuries each year, making them one of the most dangerous tools in the shop.

Laura Kane, the manager at Woodcraft of Tulsa, has seen many people come in with missing fingers due to table saw accidents. However, there is technology available that can prevent these injuries. SawStop, a company that manufactures table saws, has a safety feature that stops the blade from spinning if it detects contact with skin. This technology can prevent serious injuries and save fingers and hands.

Despite the availability of this safety technology, it is not currently required for table saw manufacturers to use it. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is considering a rule that would mandate the use of safety brakes on all table saws sold in the United States. Some manufacturers oppose this rule, arguing that it would increase the price of table saws for consumers. However, Kane and Baxter believe that the cost of implementing this safety feature is worth it compared to the potential medical bills and consequences of a serious table saw injury.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted to proceed with the mandate, which is expected to receive approval later this year. Kane is hopeful that once the technology becomes more widespread, it will lead to fewer table saw injuries and a safer working environment for woodworkers and other professionals who use these tools

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