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Leading power tool manufacturers have conspired for years to thwart adoption of a safety device that could prevent thousands of finger amputations and other disfiguring injuries in table saw accidents, according to a federal antitrust lawsuit filed by the developer of the safety technology.
Leading consumer and media organizations asked a federal appeals court to unseal dozens of documents related to a closely watched product safety and business confidentiality dispute cloaked in extraordinary secrecy.
Table saw accidents are painful, life-changing and expensive. Each year, more than 67,000 U.S. workers and do-it-yourselfers suffer blade contact injuries, including more than 33,000 injuries treated in emergency rooms and 4,000 amputations. Yet the power tool industry has failed to adopt available technology that could dramatically reduce the number of accidents.
Thanks to closed-door hearings, sealed records and a court ruling with large sections blacked out, even the most basic details of a lawsuit regarding a Consumer Product Safety Commission database have been concealed. That includes the identity of the plaintiff — known only as “Company Doe” – along with its product and the incident that led to the complaint.