- Associated Press - Friday, March 28, 2014

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A $6 million lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a Central Oregon student who nearly lost a hand in a mishap involving a table saw.

The suit against the Sisters School District and a shop teacher alleges unsafe equipment and inadequate supervision.

The Bend Bulletin reports (https://is.gd/kaquKG ) that Josh Ward was serving as a teacher’s aide in a freshman wood shop class in December 2012. The accident occurred when he was asked to cut some pieces for a separate class that was making guitars.

Ward, who’s now a senior, lost the tip of his pinkie and a ring finger was later amputated.

Attorney Tom D’Amore says he hopes the suit serves as a wake-up call for schools and businesses using older table saws.

The newspaper reports the district superintendent did not respond to an interview request.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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