Every year, tens of thousands of people are brutally injured by table saws, resulting in 4,000 amputations and more than $2 billion in medical costs each year. The National Consumers League has been on the front lines of pressing the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to implement safety changes that would help reduce—even eliminate—this major product safety threat to worker and consumers who use table saws.
Adam Thull is one such table saw user. Adam was an experienced woodworker when his elbow got caught in the saw blade, cutting completely through the ulna bone and causing severe damage to his muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The effects of the injury on Adam’s young family have been devastating: his wife has been forced to leave their small children at home and return to work, Adam had to close his woodworking business, has been unable to work another job, and more than a year later, the full extent of his injuries is still unknown. He relies on public and private assistance to feed his family.
We think the benefits of reducing these injuries outweigh the costs to manufacturers of re-designing their saws. We want to hear from you! Table saw users, tell us your stories!