Originally Posted by Rustedbird
I saw the "saw stop" too. If anything, it or something like should be required by law.
I agree. In a perfect world, every table saw would have to have one of these devices before it could be operated.
But, the world isn't perfect and Lassie kills chickens.
If you made a Saw Stop mandatory, then you'd have people setting them off intentionally. Maybe it would be just a dare, or maybe to cause a work slowdown in the shop. Maybe someone just didn't feel like working that day. Who knows... I just know that in the real world, good things often come wrapped in the potential for abuse, so making things MANDATORY can create huge problems.
I think if insurance companies would lower premiums for shops that had safer equipment, that would provide a financial impetus to improving safety. But, that's not happening. As it stands now, I doubt insurance agents even look at the equipment in a shop before quoting a premiums to a manufacturer. But, money makes the world go round, and if there were an economic incentive to improve safety, then workplace safety would become a cool and sexy subject everywhere, not just in woodworking shops.