Table Saw Safety Bill Closer To Law

The controversial California table saw safety bill is one step closer to becoming law. A senate panel recently approved the bill on a 3 to 2 vote. The bill will now head to the Senate floor for a vote expected in August.

Marc Lifsher of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Table Saw Safety Bill Closer To Law

Legislation aimed at curbing table-saw accidents that often result in amputationssurvived a party-line vote in a state Senate committee.

The measure, approved 3 to 2 in the Senate Judiciary Committee, would make California the first state in the nation to require that table saws be equipped with “injury mitigation technology” to stop a blade quickly enough to avoid amputations and severe lacerations…

…The industry, led by the Power Tool Institute, a trade group in Cleveland, criticized the bill for attempting to create a monopoly for Gass’ company. Proponents have said that Gass’ invention has demonstrated that the technology is viable.

Williams said the proposal has been broadened so that many manufacturers could develop their own injury-avoidance devices.

The full article is available at www.latimes.com

If you live in California and have an opinion on this bill, be sure and contact your Senator. We have reported on this table saw safety bill in the past and feel that woodworkers should be able to make our own decisions regarding their safety.  Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed in California by Assemblyman Das Williams. The bill he introduced would require Sawstop type of technology which would detect flesh and stop the blade with an electronic brake.

Bill Esler of Woodworking Network writes.

Table Saw Safety Legislation Is Proposed

SACRAMENTO, CA – Table saws sold in California after jan. 1, 2015 would need to include flesh-detecting technology integrated to an electronic saw blade brake, under proposed legislation…

…Woodworking equipment and table saw manufacturer Delta Machinery issued a statement on the California legislation:

Many of you have heard about and voiced your opinion in various forums and postings regarding the potential requirement for “Flesh Detecting Technology” on every table saw. Recently,a bill that would REQUIRE this technology on every table saw sold in California (AB 2218 Table Saw Safety Act) was introduced in the California Assembly by Assemblyman Das Williams (D- Santa Barbara).

Click here to read the full post at woodworkingnetwork.com

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Table saw safety legislation is proposed requiring brakes similar to those made by Sawstop.

We all have our own opinions of this type of legislation. Here at Aspiring Woodworker we has discussed this in the past in our Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central post regarding the CPSC’s proposed safety rules. As you can read in that post, while I feel that the Sawstop technology discussed is great for safety, the government should not tell us we have to have it.

While the comment period for this bill has passed this may be coming to other states. If we hear that other table saw safety legislation is proposed or have more info on the present proposals we will post it here.

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Table Saw Kickback Video

I had seen this table saw kickback video some time back, but thought it was important that I post it here. In the video Tom Hintz from NewWoodworker.com demonstrates  a table saw kickback as well as what happens when a router table is used improperly.

What really hits home is when the kickback is shown in slow motion. He came very close to having his hand come in contact with the spinning blade.

Table Saw Kickback Video

For years it was thought to be safe or even fashionable to use a table saw without a blade guard or riving knife. If the accompanying video does not make that sound like a dumb way to use this machine there is a better than even chance that you are an idiot. Until today, I was an idiot also for thinking of doing this demonstration but after watching my own video I am cured.
There are many ways of having kickbacks on the table saw but the most common seems to be the wood simply turning towards the blade as it

Click here to read the full post on NewWoodworker.com

After watching the table saw kickback video I thing you will all think a little more about your safety when using a table saw.

A featherboard is a great safety addition for your table saw. I own this magnetic version from Ridgid. It works great and
you can get it now for half the price of the Magswitch model!

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Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central

Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central

Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central
Sawstop technology discussed in table saw safety parody on Comedy Central.

Stephen Colbert did a table saw safety parody on Comedy Central recently. In his “People Who Are Destroying America” segment he lampoons the controversy over Sawstop’s founder Steve Gass’s call for tougher table saw saftey by using his Sawstop technology.

In a petition to the Consumer Products Safety Commission, Gass is suggesting that they require the Sawstop emergency brake on all table saws sold in the US. This in a sense would create a monopoly for his company as his wide ranging patent would not allow others to make such a device. Of course the table saw industry is against having this mandated and the opinion of woodworkers is varied.

In an article from hardwoodfloorsmag.com the sites editors wrote:

Table Saw Safety Parody On Comedy Central

“Safe sawing? That’s like wearing condoms on your hands when everybody knows woodworking feels best bareback.”

That’s how Comedy Central’s ribald political pundit Stephen Colbert characterized the ongoing debate over the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s controversial proposed overhaul of table saw safety standards. Colbert’s window on the issue was his recurring “People Destroying America” segment, and his target this time was “finger hugger” Stephen Gass, inventor of SawStop.

To read the full article click here.

In the table saw safety clip from The Colbert Report shown below one of the woodworkers states “I have the right to cut my own finger off on my table saw if I want to”

While I think the the technology discussed in the table saw safety parody on comedy central is a great step in table saw safety, I do not agree with the government telling us that we have to have it, what are your thoughts? If you would like to find out more about the Sawstop table saw shown above click here.

Update February 24, 2012:
The Consumer Products Safety Commission has extended the deadline for public comment on the issue of table saw safety, here is more from Woodworker’s Journal.

As they ponder whether new safety standards are needed for table saws, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has extended the time frame available for public comments on the issue. You now have until March 16, 2012 to share your opinion with the CPSC on “the risk of injury associated with table saw blade contact, regulatory alternatives, other possible means to address this risk, and other topics or issues.” (The extension of the public comments period comes at the request of the Power Tool Institute, Inc.)

Read the full article here.

You will have to hurry if you want to have your opinions about table saw safety taken into account in the upcoming new standard the CPSC is thinking about implementing.

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Woodworkers Shop Tip

All woodworkers get small nicks and cuts from time to time. One of the ways you can stop the bleeding is by using Cyanoacrylate (CA) or Super Glue. This has been used for years as a quick way to close wounds yet it was not approved by the United States FDA until 1998 when Dermabond was introduced.

Woodworkers Shop Tip

In this YouTube woodworkers shop tip video by SailingandSuch he describes how he used it to seal a cut.

I keep various bottles of thin, medium and thick CA in my shop since it is very helpful for in woodturning projects I do. While I have not used it for the purpose in the video, I do use “liquid band-aid” which is a variant of Cyanoacrylate. Please let me know in the comments if you use Super Glue for your minor cuts.

You may not use this for your wounds but all woodworkers should have a first aid kit readily available in there workshops. They do not cost a lot of money but they could be invaluable in an emergency.

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Woodworking Shop Gutted By Fire

A woodworker from Exeter, NH got a call that none of would want to hear, that his woodworking shop was on fire. Tom Dupre’s shop was destroyed by the fire which 7 area fire deprtments responded to.

As Aaron Sanborn of Seacoastonline.com reports the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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Woodworking Shop Fire - Photo by Scott Earwood

Fire Destroys Woodworking Shop In Exeter

The building’s owner, carpenter Tom Dupre, said he built furniture in the building and estimated the damage to be thousands of dollars’ worth of machinery, tools, woodwork and lumber, in addition to the building. “I’ve been spending some time cleaning

…Dupre, who lives elsewhere in town, said he and his father built the woodworking shop in 1984 and the building meant a lot to him. “I’m here every day,” he said.

To read the full article at Seacoastonline click here.

We all need to think about fire safety in our workshops. We work with flammables all the time, there are items and dust everywhere that would quickly fuel a fire if one started. Be sure you have a fire extinguisher available in you woodworking shop!

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