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Waukesha County Medical Society recognized for Safe Saw Initiative

SawStop® representative Chris Kraemer (center) presents Drs. Gesell (left) and McCall (right) with a certificate of appreciation.Over the past two years, the Waukesha County Medical Society (WCMS) has awarded $2,500 grants to eight local high schools to help fund the purchase of SawStop® table saws to replace traditional table saws used in industrial arts education. And for its efforts, the group was honored at a Town Hall meeting earlier this month.

“Promoting safety in the classroom is the first step in reducing the prevalence of table saw accidents in the workplace,” said WCMS Immediate Past President Tracy McCall, MD, a plastic and hand surgeon who spearheaded the initiative. “Through this program, I have developed a great respect for the work being done in our schools to provide high quality, safe education that will help address the shortage of people entering the skilled trades.”

As part of its ongoing grants program, WCMS implemented a two-year Safe Saw Initiative with the primary goal to encourage local high schools to recognize safety in technology. Today, all schools in Waukesha County that have industrial arts programs have at least one SawStop® safe table saw.

Chris Kraemer, a Waukesha-based SawStop® representative, presented Dr. McCall and current WCMS president, Dr. Laurie Gesell, with a certificate of appreciation for the work done in the community through this initiative.

“We are proud of the work being done by the Waukesha County Medical Society to impress upon our youth the importance of safety as they learn new skills in preparation for joining the workforce,” said Kraemer.

Schools that received grants through the WCMS Safe Saw Initiative include: Arrowhead Union High School, Brookfield East High School, Menomonee Falls High School, New Berlin Eisenhower High School, New Berlin West High School, Norris School in Mukwonago, Oconomowoc High School and Waukesha South High School.

According to the National Consumers League, nearly 40,000 Americans are treated in hospital emergency rooms each year with injuries sustained while operating table saws. About 4,000 of those injuries—more than 10 every day—result in amputations. Table saw injuries cost the United States approximately $2 billion every year.

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