Cincinnati, Ohio product safety attorney reviewing defective power tool lawsuits and table saw accident injury cases for plaintiffs nationwide.
It goes without saying that power tools have the potential to cause severe injuries, and safety precautions should be taken to prevent any power tool accident. But in cases where a tool is inherently unsafe, and poorly designed, consumers and workers are placed at unnecessary risk.
Many table saw accident cases occur because the machine is negligently designed, and manufactured fails to protect the end users. A lack of table saw guarding can mean the difference between a normal day at work and a Personal Injury.
Some statistics estimate that table saw accidents are responsible for up to 30,000 ER visits a year, including over 4,000 amputations. A CPSC analysis put the annual cost of table saw injuries at about $4 billion.
There are several reasons for a table saw accident to occur, and the majority are preventable with the property safety measures. Some common table saw accident injuries and power tool amputations happen due to the following:
- Poor Tool Design
- Improper Instructions
- Improper Warning Label
- Worker Fatigue
- Faulty Table Saw Guards
- Electrical Surges
- Lack of Protective Equipment: workers should always be wearing protective glasses to protect themselves against a eye injury.
Joe Lyon is a highly-rated Cincinnati, Ohio product liability lawyer and workplace injury attorney reviewing power tool lawsuits and table saw accident injury cases.
The Lyon Firm investigates construction injuries and workplace industrial accidents along with experts on behalf of injured plaintiffs nationwide.
SawStop Safety & Table Saw Hazards
Table saws are one of the most dangerous woodworking tools, and claim the top spot for worker injuries year after year. Table saws are an important tool for carpenters, construction workers and home hobbyists. But traditional circular saws usually are only equipped with small plastic guards to prevent serious cuts and amputations.
But new technology has provided consumers, employers and workers with a much safer alternative. One table saw on the market called SawStop is equipped with a safety device that can distinguish between wood and human. The safety mechanism can stop a blade moving at full speed and prevent worker injury.
The novel invention works by running a weak electrical current through the saw blade. When any human flesh comes in contact with the blade, the body reacts with the current, the sensor detects the change in current and a spring is activated activates a spring braking system. Any potential injury is minor.
Not surprisingly, existing competing toolmakers and the Power Tool Institute, a sizeable trade group, are trying to keep conventional table saws on the market, and quash the popularity of the safer tool design. The Power Tool Institute, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, represents big brands such as Black & Decker, DeWalt, Makita, Skil, Bosch, and Ryobi.
There are around 9 million table saws in use in the United States, and upwards of 500,000 sold each year. Meanwhile, only about 40,000 SawStop saws have been sold in total.
Product Liability attorneys, however, say that with existing safer technology on the market, and power tool producers and employers being aware of the device, a new wave of litigation is likely to target the dangerous products.
Table Saw Accident Lawsuits
Many power tool companies rest easy with the argument that they are protected from legal action and liability by the assumption that power tools like table saws are inherently dangerous. Of course that is true, but plaintiffs will counter that safer technology exists, so why have these companies not chosen to protect the American consumer?
The power tool companies have made a stand, and decided on the following: Safety doesn’t sell.
These large companies are self-regulated and guided by voluntary safety standards developed by an industry committee. When SawStop hit the market, Black & Decker, Bosch, and Ryobi formed a joint venture to develop their own injury reduction table saw safety system.
They alerted the Justice Department and FTC that they were researching and developing safety technology for power saw blade contact injury avoidance. In 2009, the companies said they had developed a system similar to SawStop. But there is no telling when or if the technology will be used.
Despite the power tool industry resisting safety advances that prevent horrible injuries, catastrophic injury and product liability lawsuits may be filed. Injured plaintiffs can contact The Lyon Firm for a free consultation. Settlements can be sought, and victims may be able to recover rightful compensation following a serious power tool accident.
If you have questions about the root cause of a power tool accident or the available legal remedies to improve the quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm for a no-cost and confidential consultation at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, an Ohio product liability attorney, and he will help you answer critical questions.