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This document, created by woodworking tools expert, Les Winter, P.E., is intended to promote a technical dialog involving the components of a contractor table saw. Details in this document may vary from the equipment in your case.

Table Saw Injuries

A table saw cuts wood with a circular blade whose teeth are moving, in the direction of the operator, at over one hundred miles per hour. These create several hazards: they can cut and sever fingers and hands, they can lift up and throw a workpiece back at the operator at high speeds (“kickbacks”), they can propel saw dust, splinters, chunks of wood and even broken saw blade teeth at the operator’s eyes.

We are regularly retained to investigate injuries involving the use of table saws. The illustration below depicts a contractor style saw, which would commonly be found in the workshop of woodworking hobbyists as well as on location at construction sites. The contractor style table saw is designed to be smaller, lighter, and more mobile than cabinet or hybrid table saws. Common manufacturers associated with this style of saw include Delta, Dewalt, Bosch, Makita, Ryobi, Crasftsman, Rockwell, Porter Cable, Saw Stop, and others.

WOODWORKING TOOLS INVESTIGATIONS

Our experts are regularly retained in casework involving lacerations, amputations, and deaths that are associated with the use or misuse of saws and other woodworking tools. The scope of our investigations can include equipment operation and maintenance as well as various safety features, such as guards, protective equipment, and flesh sensing technology units (sawstop).

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Featured Expert

Les Winter, P.E.

Woodworking Tools Expert

Les Winter is a professional engineer who specializes in table saw, miter saw, band saw, circular saw (“skilsaw”) and other woodworking machinery-related injuries. As a professional engineer and an accomplished woodworker, he is regularly retained in casework involving equipment operations and maintenance as well as various other safety aspects, such as equipment modifications and safety guards, including sawstop and flesh sensing technology units.