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Consumer Product Safety Commision votes 5-0 to seek guarding on table saws

The U.S. CPSCvoted 5-0 on October 5, 2011, to initiate an investigation into regulating tables saw safety.  It noted that they cause more than 4,000 serious finger, hand and arm injuries each year.  The agency plans to examine technologies such as that offered by SawStop LLC which will purportedly stop a blade instantly when human flesh is encountered. The Power Tool Institute (meaning Stanley Black and Decker, Ryobi and other manufacturers) objects to adopting SawStop's technology for fear that it "could create a monopoly" for the company.

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