Heath and Safety Flag

I think it would be a good idea to add a new flag category: Health and Safety, to cover instructables whose use could cause bodily harm or have unintended consequences.

Many ideas pass through here, some are not as well thought out as others, and some are just dangerous and unsafe.

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You guys aren't (or weren't) too hot on having riving knives on saws. Are they used now ?
ringai (author)  steveastrouk4 years ago
I don't think it was a dislike so much as the expense of buying a saw that had one. Until recently, riving knives were a feature found only on high-end tablesaws. At least in North America.

There are some saws for which you can purchase a retrofit riving knife. Unfortunately, mine wasn't one of them. I relied on the integral splitter and anti-kickback pawls on my blade guard.

Many newer tablesaws have incorporated riving knives.
I know for many years it was illegal to import American tablesaws, because of the lack of the knives I think, as well as no blade brakes. I toyed with importing a nice Delta saw once. In the end I have a own-label sliding-bed Cast iron saw from a UK source which is absolutely rock solid, and a joy to use.
ringai (author)  steveastrouk4 years ago
Man, that must be sweet. I lusted after a sliding table for quite sometime, but space and money always win: I had neither! Now that the SIL has the tablesaw, I have so much more space in my shop. I filled it with a new lathe and a bit more storage. I'm still trying to squeeze out some storage space for drying bowls and not having a lot of luck doing so.
It was under the equivalent of 1000 USD too, If I recall correctly.
ringai (author)  steveastrouk4 years ago
Riving knives rock. I wish there were a way to retro-fit one to all tablesaws.
I think they're mandatory here. We can't use dado blades without a lot of messing around either.
gmoon4 years ago
Another perspective: once the site starts categorizing / labeling projects as safe or unsafe, they open a huge liability hole--what if someone is injured making something not deemed unsafe?

I.E., projects not labeled "unsafe" would by implication be "safe."

There's some legal precedence here. One of my climbing buddies is a law professor, and he's explained (patiently) that if someone fences in natural waterways and rock walls, and/or adds signage ("Climbing not Allowed", "No swimming"), the property owner is MORE liable, not less. Sometimes acknowledging safety issues makes you responsible for policing them.

It's a complex issue. Wrapped up in the mix is the concept of "attractive nuisance" and all that entails...
ringai (author)  gmoon4 years ago
I won't comment on lawyers or people who associate with them. I must abide by the be nice policy.
gmoon ringai4 years ago
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