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$80,000 Fine for Equipment Supplier

Friday, February 05, 2010

A County Court judge has convicted and fined what he called “a small business in
difficult times” $80,000 after it failed to provide safety information about its products to
its customers.

Knoxfield company, Jalor Tools Pty Ltd, pleaded guilty to two workplace safety charges
relating to a router tool (bit) that broke into three pieces one of which struck a woman
in the chest, killing her on 21 December 2006.

The woman was the daughter of the owner of an East Bentleigh door manufacturer and
was using an industrial router to make the design on the front of a door when the
router tool broke.

It was not alleged Jalor Tools’ failings were responsible for the 31-year-old woman’s
death.

WorkSafe's investigation of the incident found the router tool was to be operated at
between 6000 and 8000 revolutions per minute although it was actually operating
around 15,000 rpm.

During sentencing this morning, Judge Phillip Coish said in manufacturing the router
tool, Jalor Tools failed to mark it with a maximum operating speed, nor did it provide
written information about the safe operating speed.

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