Donzi faces lawsuit over worker’s death

BRADENTON, Fla. – Boat builder Donzi Marine is being sued over the November 2006 death of an employee due to the inhalation of carpet glue fumes, the Bradenton Herald reported in an article today. The worker was installing the carpet within a yacht cabin when he fell unconscious.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Bradenton circuit court by Luis Esteban Martinez’ family members, suggests that Donzi knew of the dangers of the methylene chloride found within the Permagrip 105 glue, the newspaper reported.

The lawsuit follows an Occupational Safety & Health Administration investigation, after which the company was fined more than $26,000 for exposing Martinez to “high levels of toxic fumes” and not giving him “the correct safety equipment to prevent his death,” according to the newspaper.

The family is asking for more than $15,000 in damages, the newspaper reported. Donzi production manager Larry H. Daughtery is also named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

When contacted by the newspaper yesterday, Donzi didn’t comment because it said it had yet to receive a copy of it.

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