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1. Last year a jury awarded $1.5 million to a flooring installer who was injured while cutting without a blade guard or fence. The jury found the saw manufacturer to be 65% responsible for what happened, because the saw was not equipped with flesh-sensing technology. Did the jury make the correct decision?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
5.7%45
No
86.7%680
Maybe
7.5%59
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2. Should the CPSC enact a rule requiring flesh-sensing technology on all new table saws?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Yes
19.5%153
No
65.7%516
Maybe
14.8%116
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3. What kind of table saw do you own or use now? (check all that apply)
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
I do not own or use a table saw
1.3%10
8 1/4-inch portable model
14.8%116
10-inch portable model
58.7%459
10-inch contractor (cast-iron or stone top) model
45.7%357
Heavy duty cabinet shop model
32.9%257
One of the SawStop models
3.2%25
Other
3.6%28
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4. How often do you use a blade guard or riving knife?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Always
10.5%82
Most of the time
20.9%164
Sometimes
22.7%178
Never
45.8%359
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5. How many times have you been to the emergency room for treatment of a table saw injury that happened to you?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Never
86.7%677
Once
11.1%87
Twice
1.7%13
More than two times
0.5%4
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6. What kind of injury did you sustain? (check all that apply)
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
I have never had a serious table saw injury
82.7%556
Cut to thumb or fingers requiring stitches
9.4%63
Full or partial amputation of thumb or fingers
3.4%23
Cut to parts of hand other than thumb or fingers requiring stitches
1.0%7
Kickback that caused contusions, broken bones, or soft tissue damage
7.4%50
Serious injury to eye or face 0.0%0
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7. Who was primarily at fault for your accident?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
Me
90.6%221
A co-worker or boss
1.6%4
The saw manufacturer
2.0%5
The accident was unforeseeable – a complete fluke
5.7%14
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8. If you were buying a new saw, how much more would you be willing to pay for one that stops the moment the blade touches flesh?
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 Response
Percent
Response
Count
$500
12.3%94
$250
15.2%116
$100
23.1%176
$50
14.4%110
$25
10.5%80
I would not want this feature, even if it was free
24.5%187
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9. What is your primary trade? (Please choose one)
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Percent
Response
Count
GC – new construction – multiple trades
17.2%133
Remodeler – multiple trades
42.5%329
Carpenter – finish
8.7%67
Carpenter – framing
1.3%10
Cabinet maker or installer
10.6%82
Concrete work or masonry
0.4%3
Drywall/metal stud 0.0%0
Electrician
3.7%29
Grading/site work 0.0%0
HVAC/mechanical
0.9%7
Plumber
1.0%8
Handyman – multiple trades
13.0%101
Painter
0.4%3
Roofer
0.3%2
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