All table saws come with safety devices. They are mandated by law. Every table saw MUST come with a saw guard and an anti kickback device. The saw guard alone should have either kept his hands away from the blade, or give him an indication that his hands are too close to the blade. If he would have read the instruction booklet, it would have given him plenty of safety info.
I did not see anything in TFA that indicated if the safety devices were removed, a move that most woodworkers require every once in a while, but apparently he is the only person who was not aware that w razor sharp blade spinning at high RPM is dangerous.