Worker's entire tool set locked on site

03:43, Feb 08 2013
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Closed up: Security guard Jason Halbert guards the main entrance to the Coastlands Aquatic Centre work site.

Waikanae's Tony Kraamwinkel took Waitangi Day off from the Coastlands Aquatic Centre building project to spend time with his family.

The time away from an intensive seven-days-a-week schedule came at a cost - leaving every work tool he owns locked on-site.

''Being a self-employed contractor, you only get paid the days you work, and not having any gear I can't exactly go to work and do anything. I don't even have an apron to put on.''

Mr Kraamwinkel has been installing cladding and flashing, since October, and said the Mainzeal collapse came as a complete shock to workers.

''We didn't see it coming at all.''

The project was about three weeks from completion, he said.

Mr Kraamwinkel is a qualified builder, but took the work with subcontractor Double R Construction to try something new - and because he wanted to be involved with the pool.

Mr Kraamwinkel said he had taken labouring work on another project.

''I live week by week pretty much, I've got a young family, we've just bought a house. It makes it tough.''

He said receivers had told staff they may be able to collect their tools from the site today.

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