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Patrick McCombe, a FineWoodworking reporter has an interesting review of the defense tactics and the plaintiff's countermeasures here.
Fine Woodworking, which has covered the Osorio case closely reports that on October 5, 2011 - the day the First Circuit affirmed the $1.5 million plaintiff's verdict - the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 5-0 to issue an advance notice of proposed rulemaking for a new power saw safety rule. [The CPSC briefing package is HERE.] Gass has been pressing for such a rule for 8 years.
One of the "risk utility factors" in a design defect case is the cost and practicality of the proposed alternative safer design. This article from FineWoodworking includes a price list. The SawStop cabinet saw commands a premium price that could make a real difference to a consumer.
The famous hot dog video by SawStop is HERE. And HERE is a longer piece using an actual hand - that of inventor Stephen Gass.
After that view a an ad for a SawStop portable contractor's saw which is twice the price of the Makita.
A competing designer David Butler - a blade brake inventor - is working to adapt the technology to portable contractors saws. VIDEO HERE
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