Table Saw Injury Lawsuit

Table Saw Blade ChangeThere has been copious amounts of virtual ink (and probably more than a little actual ink) used to discuss the recent settlement awarding $1.5 million to a Massachusetts woodworker who injured his fingers using a table saw.

I’m left thinking that Chris Marshall’s post, A Darker Side to Loaning Tools, was eerily prescient considering it was written almost three months before the court decision was rendered, and (as far as I know) completely unaware of the lawsuit.  It almost begs the question, does this decision mean that there’s a darker side to SELLING tools?

So what do you think? Was this decision a good one for woodworking? Was justice done?  Bad decision? Good decision?  And more importantly, where could this decision lead us?

Rob Johnstone
Editor in Chief

A Darker Side to Loaning Tools?

2LOANINGTOOLS2Thanks to all of you who left comments regarding my recent blog post “Loaning Tools: What’s Your Take?”

That was lively feedback, and you’ve left a lot of food for thought on this topic. Responses ranged from “share and share alike” to “no way, no how, no matter who asks.” Clearly, we have definite opinions on this issue—and some of us have learned hard lessons from loaning stuff out. But, a couple of your comments suggest that there could be a bigger problem with loaning tools than not getting them back in tip-top shape. Chuck V and R Graf suggest that there’s potential tool liability we should be concerned about if someone gets hurt while using our tools. In case you didn’t follow the complete thread, here are their posts:

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