Sharp knives, teeth, and abrasives, rotating at high speed, characterize woodworking tools and machinery. These tools that cut and shape wood can do the same to the equipment operator. Guarding, warning, instructing, and using Personal Protective Equipment are the issues most often addressed in woodworking equipment injury investigations. The settings for these injuries include home, commercial, industrial, construction and school environments.
Wooden chair and furniture failures often result from undersized parts and/or poorly executed connections (joinery). Improper glue selection and application are sometimes contributors to collapses and the related injuries.
Injuries caused by chair collapses, joint failures, and structural failures are typical case types we have investigated.
Common Casework Includes:
- Table saw and hand-held (“Skil”) saw kickbacks
- Guarding issues
- Planer, molder, shaper, kickbacks and amputations
- Grinder and sander abrasions and nip-point injuries
- Analysis of warnings and safety instructions
- Jointer hand-cutter contacts
- Bandsaw lacerations and amputations
- Unexpected startup/unguarded controls
- Runaway drill and router incidents
Our analysis focuses on product defects, compliance with national consensus standards, OSHA regulations, Labor Law (New York State), and other relevant industry standards.
- Saw Kickback - Expert Outlines Fundamentals of Saw Safety
Hand-held circular saw (“skil saw”), table saw and miter saw hand injuries
are frequently caused by the same type of occurrence: Kickback. Kickback
occurs when the teeth of the saw blade, moving at tip speeds of 120 miles-per-hour
impart sufficient force to cause the workpiece to move in a violent and unexpected
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- Table Saw Injury – Expert Investigates Finger Tip Amputation
A worker suffered the partial amputation of a finger while moving the sliding bed of a large table saw used to cut foam panels for mattresses. The plaintiff’s finger became caught between the bottom surface of the sliding table bed and one of the stationary rails on which the bed of the table saw moved. The trapped finger tip was pinched and sheared off due to the sliding motion within the small space where the finger was caught. Robson Forensic was retained to determine if the sale, installation and arrangement of the machine created a dangerous or defective condition that was a cause of plaintiff’s injury.
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Robson Forensic has been providing high quality and professional forensic engineering, architectural, scientific and
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