NZ Herald nzherald.co.nz 30 Apr, 2021 00:45 am

West Coast worker killed by solvent fumes, Coastwide Flooring fined $160K

West Coast worker killed by solvent fumes, Coastwide Flooring fined $160K
The man was laying carpet in a Greymouth building when he died.

A West Coast flooring company must pay out more than $160,000 after a worker was killed by solvent fumes.Photo / 123RF By RNZ A West Coast flooring company must pay out more than $160,000 after a worker was killed by solvent fumes.His employer, Coastwide Flooring, appeared in Greymouth District Court today and was fined $60,000 for failing to ensure the health and safety of its workers.WorkSafe investigations manager for the South Island Steve Kelly said the company had a lax approach to health and safety.

" Kelly said Coastwide Flooring had since improved its operations since the tragic accident but it was too little, too late.It was also ordered to pay a $105,000 in reparations to the victim's family.

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