Striving For A Safer Table Saw
When you think of new technology, table saws don't generally come to mind, but more and more inventors are trying to make them safer — and David Butler is one of them. His Whirlwind safety brake can stop a blade in less than a second and fits onto any existing saw.
May 25, 2011 Table saws are the country's most dangerous commonly used power tool. Each year, 40,000 Americans end up in emergency rooms with injuries — 4,000 of them suffer amputations. This week, consumer advocates are in Washington meeting with lawmakers to push for tougher safety regulations for the industry.
July 5, 2010 Every year, more than 3,000 people around the U.S. cut off their fingers or thumbs in table saw accidents, according to federal data. One entrepreneur created a device called SawStop that prevents such injuries. But mainstream tool companies have been slow to adopt the technology.
May 31, 2006 Table-saw accidents send more than 60,000 people to seek medical treatment every year, according to federal estimates. In an effort to get the power-tool industry to adopt safer technology, SawStop inventor Steven Gass visited the Consumer Product Safety Commission near Washington recently.
December 7, 2004 A technology designed to stop a table saw blade almost instantly after it hits human flesh is finding little attention among power toolmakers. SawStop's inventor says it will prevent serious injuries, but manufacturers say the technology isn't proven and cite potential liability issues. NPR's Chris Arnold reports.