Govt looks for ways to reduce table saw injuries

By the Associated Press | October 5, 2011 | 11:35 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With about 10 people losing a finger or mangling a hand in a table saw each day, the government has decided to take a closer look at the saws and how to make them safer.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has voted unanimously to begin writing a rule aimed at reducing injuries from table saws.

Chairman Inez Tenenbaum says the "injuries resulting from the use of table saws are, in many cases, particularly gruesome."

The agency estimates that consumers suffered about 67,300 medically treated blade-contact injuries annually in 2007 and 2008.

The industry says those numbers don't reflect the newly designed guard systems that manufacturers started putting on saws in 2007 as way to shield woodworkers and others from injury.