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Lawrence Tech professor examines table saw kickback injuries

Release Date: March 22, 2011

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – “Forensic Engineering Analysis of Table-Saw Kickback Injury” was the topic of a paper recently presented by Harold Josephs, PE, professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University, at the semi-annual conference of the National Academy of Forensic Engineers.

Josephs’ paper discussed technical and engineering factors involving kickback of the ubiquitous saws widely used in the construction and remodeling industries. Kickback is the condition where an item being worked on can inadvertently be propelled backward toward an operator, resulting in injury or even death.

Josephs holds nine patents and has served on Lawrence Tech’s faculty since 1978. He holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Villanova University, and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and University. His Oak Park-based firm, Kehilla Associates Inc., specializes in safety engineering, hazard analysis, and accident reconstruction.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers more than 100 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degree programs in the Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech’s 102-acre campus is in Southfield, and programs are also offered in Detroit, Lansing, Petoskey, Traverse City and Toronto. Lawrence Tech also partners with universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.