My special activity for my 10th birthday was getting to operate the table saw while making a box with my dad. Over the years I have seen many operators. Winced and shuddered as I watched many use a table saw. There are over blade guards, antikickback pawls, riving knives and splitter inserts. There are good explanations and demonstrations about many of the aspects for using a table saw and the dangers. Some are downright foolish and leave me counting the fingers of the person demonstrating! Here on LJ's there have been threads about safety and accidents alike. As I have watched several videos I have seen things that although safe were quite extraordinary. For me in many cases I am beginning to understand why there is so much concern about kick back. I have a couple musings. Why do people let go of the stock and turn off the saw? I can understand not backing out of the saw. I can even understand some other cuts stopping the saw and then removing stock. Never let go of the material until clear of the saw blade or the saw is stopped! The other bugaboo I have is "push sticks". Often people use two at a time one from behind and the other from the side. Then move the one on the side to a different position while proceeding in the cut. This is a situation where just so much can go wrong! Not being held down on the saw with the second "stick" the material rides up over the saw just a fraction and when the hold down pressure is reapplied the saw bites and kicks the pushing stick back. If there is a good grip on the handle then the hand follows back and away, if not the stick gets loose and the hand continues forward possibly into the blade. They are usually long to keep the hands away from the blade which make them more awkward to handle. "push sticks" scare me. This is not a commercial for the gripper but I really do like the concept. If you have a second to describe or include a picture of your Control measure and why you like it please post it.