Table Saw Ruling

Appeals court upholds ruling against table saw manufacturer in accident case

January 19, 2016
Table saw lawsuit outcome important for increased implementation of flesh-sensing technology.

In early 2011, William Anderson was refinishing a cabinet when his hand slipped into a table saw blade, resulting in the loss of three fingers. Anderson sued the saw’s manufacturer, even though he had removed the hood-style blade guard.

In May, a jury ruled that the Ryobi table saw was defectively designed because it did not include a flesh-sensing feature that stops the blade when it detects human skin.

The initial judgment was later reduced to $27,000, and Anderson was found partly responsible for the accident. 

Techtronic Industries North America, maker of the Ryobi saw, appealed the ruling, but a Florida federal court let it stand. The case’s outcome is important not because of the amount at stake, but because it moves the needle a little further toward a requirement that all table saws be sold with flesh-sensing technology. 

Read more about the case here.


For more about saw safety, see our November 2015 cover story at

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Erika Taylor is the director of content for Professional Remodeler. Contact her at or 972.803.4014.



How can a grown man alter a safety device on a piece of equipment and then sue the manufacturer when he gets injured?

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