Accident Victims

Accident Victims

Below are the stories of individuals who suffered tragic incidents using a table saw that was not a SawStop. 

“I’m not whole anymore. I had a part of me that…I don’t have anymore. And I can’t get it back.”

Patrick Callahan was working at his stone and countertop production business in 1998, cutting Corian on the table saw—without the blade guard in place—for a custom job. Unfortunately, the Corian rode up on the blade, then snapped back down and shattered, pulling Patrick’s left hand—his dominant hand—into the blade. Instantly, he suffered severe injuries to his thumb and two fingers. 

“I didn’t know how to react at first,” Patrick said. “I was pretty much in shock that this might be the end for me in a way. It sounds ridiculous, but I didn’t know at the time how much damage was done to my hand, and since I work with my hands, what my future would be.” Fortunately, doctors were able to save a finger and thumb, but he lost most of his index finger. The ensuing months and years of surgeries and rehabilitation, lost wages, exorbitant medical bills, and personal strain nearly broke Patrick. 

Watch video testimonials from other victims who suffered devastating table saw injuries

“I’m not whole anymore. I had a part of me that…I don’t have anymore. And I can’t get it back”

“I’m not whole anymore. I had a part of me that…I don’t have anymore. And I can’t get it back”

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— Patrick Callahan Patrick Callahan was working at his stone and countertop production business in 1998, cutting Corian (a synthetic material used for countertops) on a contractor-style table saw—without the blade guard in place—for a custom job. Unfortunately, the Corian rode up on the blade, then snapped back down and shattered, pulling Patrick’s left hand—his Read more…

Table Saw Accident Victims

These woodworkers have honored us with their stories. Please take a moment to listen.

Two Accidents in One Month

Joe M. (woodworker)

Joe, now retired, worked for 30 years as a general contractor. Joe had two accidents in a one month period doing woodworking as a hobbyist. As result of the accident, he no longer has feeling in the tips of his fingers on his left hand, and his right hand appears deformed.

Amputation of Finger

Brandan S. (hobbyist)

“It flung my finger. I couldn’t turn the saw off because I was in shock.”

Amputation of Multiple Fingers

Nick C. (hobbyist)

“I’ve been doing this for years and never been hurt. That evening I spent 14 hours in surgery.”

Amputation of Finger

Tristan (woodworker)

“You only have a split second between having your finger and not having your finger.”