Thomas Siwek, director of product safety at Robert Bosch Tool Corp., demonstrates a newly designed guard for table saws at a meeting with the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Industry officials say the new guards make the saws safe. But consumer advocates disagree and are pushing for flesh-sensing technology such as SawStop, which they say will virtually eliminate the worst table saw injuries. Chris Arnold/NPR hide caption

toggle caption Chris Arnold/NPR
If Table Saws Can Be Safer, Why Aren't They?
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137258370/137265751" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Product Safety Commission To Draft Table-Saw Regs
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137192588/137180444" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The SawStop senses an electrical current in the hot dog. Courtesy of SawStop hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of SawStop
Advocates Urge Lawmakers To Make Table Saws Safer
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/136617222/136636343" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The SawStop saw can sense a slight electrical current that human fingers (and hot dogs) create. When it senses the current, the saw triggers a safety brake, which stops the blade in less than 5/1,000th of a second. Courtesy of SawStop hide caption

toggle caption Courtesy of SawStop
Sharp Edge: One Man's Quest To Improve Saw Safety
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/127780027/128313400" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Making the Case for a Safer Table Saw
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/5441114/5441158" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Table-Saw Technology Aims to Save Fingers
  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/4182602/4207371" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">