Hi Mike: Like Hank, I too deeply regret your misfortune. Having spent literally thousands of hours behind table saws, I am only too keenly aware of its awsome power. But like Hank and most others (like Norm Abrams), I took my Delta's safety equipment off shortly after I got it. In the 20+ years I have been using this saw and all my power tools, with one exception (a saber saw) I have never had a misfortune or accident. I attribute this to a focused and deliberate sense of safety when using power tools, sharp cutting blades (don't have to push as hard and less binding) and using push sticks whenever my fingers come within 3 inches or so of the spinning blade. Philosophically, I have a deep respect for power tools, but I make sure the tool knows who is in charge when I am using it.
Don't know if this confuses or helps. Hope its the latter.