Technology has helped to shape our lives on a very large scale. Many of the things that we are able to do in this day and age is only through the power of technology. This is also applies to The Power Tool Industry. Technology has helped people take existing power tools and modified them to the extent that previously tedious tasks are now simply DIY tasks. Perhaps, the most important part of using these tools is the safety aspect.
How Safe is an Electric Saw?
The electric saw is a heavy duty power tool used in many different industries. There have been a countless number of accidents as a direct result of using electric saws. According to the Kansas city star, the table saw industry is still resisting the safety fix. A demonstration held at the International Woodworkers Fair in Atlanta, revealed that there is a safety device that can actually differentiate between wood and flesh. This device called SawStop is attached to the saw and is meant to prevent dangerous accidents from occurring.
As per statistics, table saw accidents are not only painful, but could change your life. It costs a lot in medical bills and approximately 67 000 U.S workers and individuals are injured every year, from using table saws, according to the government. Approximately 4000 of these injuries result in amputation.
Gerald Wheeler, is a wood shop operator, which made him all the more aware of the dangers associated with table saws. He recently has 2 employees injured and has spent a lot of money on medical bills. When he attempted to buy this safety device, he was told that none were available. Despite a reported 2000 finger saves, SawStop is having a problem seeking licencing deals. The other table saw manufactures who are obviously self – regulated go on as normal and thousand of fingers have been sliced off since the invention of the SawStop.
Other leading saw manufacturing companies and the Power Tool Institute insist that the number of injuries have been inflated and that the annual cost of money spent on table saw injuries is also exaggerated. They also stated that this device tends to stop when it senses wet wood or metal, which ultimately makes it inconvenient to use, because the blade and electronic cartridge will have to be changed.
The inventor of SawStop Stephen Gass has had to overcome many hurdles regarding the marketing and licencing of this priceless product. He has endured court battles, intimidation and even had people in power trivialize what he is trying to do. Despite this product saving so many people from amputation and severe injuries, the battle to fully endorse it – continues.