PACE grant funds available to members to reduce saw injuries

Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) trustees voted in July to make Oregon schools more safe by doubling their investment in the SawStop® safety grant to $200,000.

Since 1986, PACE has recorded 43 school injuries caused by table saws. PACE Director of Risk Management Scott Neufeld says many of the safety features included in SawStop saws can prevent such user injuries.

The grant money will come from funding previously used for the SafeAlert Tip Line, which is being replaced this year with a tip line funded by the state. Grants will be available to districts on a first-come, first-served basis, until the additional $100,000 is exhausted, beginning July 1, 2016.

Saws bought with the grant money will be restricted to use by vocational shop classes or drama departments. To gain the new saw, the school will be required to dispose of any outdated equipment.

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