I'm always very hesitant to use my table saw in my shop. If there's another tool that will get the job done, I usually chose it. But, there are plenty of instances that call for a table saw. To stack the odds in my favor, I usually am very deliberate with the saw and use a push stick and keep my hands away from anything moving during the cut and way long after the blade stops. But, I've started to use this thing: The Grr-Ripper to 'bulletproof' my hands. You use this thing to guide the piece through the cutting zone. See below for the channel that the blade runs through. I won't use the saw without this thing now. I'm not even doing it justice, so if you have interest, check out this video below that explains everything about it as they call it a "must-have for any table saw."