Rules sought for table saws to reduce amputations

May 25, 2011 - 3:14 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — About 10 people lose a finger or mangle a hand in a table saw each day. And for years, there's been a technology to prevent those injuries — leading consumer advocates to demand that Washington fast-track new rules to make table saws safer.

The technology has a sensor that can stop the blade if a finger is detected. Most manufacturers so far haven't embraced it.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission was first asked to require the technology on table saws back in 2003, but the issue has languished at the agency since then.

This week, safety advocates and victims of table saw accidents pressed Congress and CPSC for more action.

The industry says its new plastic guards shield consumers from a spinning blade and are working to cut injuries.