BOSTON - A jury awarded $1.5 million to a man who severely injured his fingers while using a Ryobi table saw to install oak wood flooring several years ago.

According to the Boston Globe, the plaintiff’s lawyers convinced the jury that the “standard design of American table saws is defective.” In addition, the plaintiff’s legal team claimed their client’s injuries could have been prevented if the saw had included “a flesh detection technology.”

The Globe reported that there are more than 50 lawsuits pending throughout the nation “against table saw manufacturers for failure to adopt the technology, which would stop a power saw blade almost instantly upon contact with human flesh.” 

Read the Boston Globe article.

Read related article published by The Oregonian: Saw-safety invention pits Oregon firm against giant manufacturers."



Have something to say? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.