The National Consumer’s League makes some claims based on the effectiveness of sawblade safety technologies.
a. “[B]lade guards have proved to be ineffective in reducing the 40,000 serious table saw injuries that occur every year.”
b. Blade guards, as are commonly used on table saws, are supposed to impart a level of safety to the use of the saw. This added level of safety is still unsatisfactory, as evidenced by the lack of drastic difference in the 40,000 serious injuries yearly.
c. This is a deprecating claim — it is speaking negatively of the existing safety of table saws.
d. Provided the statistic (40,000 injuries yearly) is accurate, this claim is very well made — if indeed the numbers in this claim are accurate, there is no other option but to say that the claim is valid.
3.) Industry Spokespeople
The Power Tool Institute is quoted on schmidtlaw.com as saying the following:
a. “The Power Tool Institute, an industry group that represents Black & Decker and Bosch, said that the price of their table saws with the safety devices would ‘increase dramatically,’ eliminating low-priced consumer bench-top saws…”
b. The PTI is of the opinion that the safety devices are significantly costly, or at least too costly for them to avoid passing that cost on to their consumers. Further they believe that the installation of safety devices, due to this cost, would raise the price of current consumer models such that they would be unattainable for the hobbyist consumer.
c. This is a claim of powerlessness — the PTI is saying that it would be out of their power to do this while maintaining their values.
d. This claim fails to address the obvious question of whether every saw model made must have the safety system, therefore it is not as effective as it could be.
e. I would refute this claim for a few reasons — one, the relative cost to consumers of the safety system vs. a hospital trip, and relatedly the willingness of consumers to pay for that luxury; the other obvious question is this: if consumers want to take their safety into their own hands, why not offer saw models which do not come stock with the added safety technology? They would be no less safe than the current models, which are used worldwide already.
4.) Consumer Safety Advocates
5.) Injured Plaintiffs
6.) Personal Injury Lawyers
7.) Government Officials
8.) News Reporters