24 March 2012
The Occupational safety and Health administration is inspecting the Nassau celebrity news Coliseum for asbestos after workers at the arena filed a complaint.
“OSHA opened an inspection at the coliseum on Tuesday in response to a worker complaint,” Ted Fitzgerald, U.S. Department or Labor’s Regional Director for Public Affairs, told Islanders Hockey Blog. “The purpose of the inspection will be to determine if there are any violations of workplace health and safety standards. If the inspection identifies violations, OSHA could issue citations and propose fines to the employer (SMG). The inspection is ongoing. It's too early to estimate a completion date at this time.”
Fitzgerald couldn’t go into any more detail because the inspection is ongoing.
The asbestos came to light yesterday when the lawyer, Joe Dell, representing workers at the building spoke to NBC 4. “I don’t think it’s a safe place and I don’t think it’s a safe place for my clients to work,” he said in the interview.
Workers at the Coliseum are planning to sue both SMG and Nassau County.
“My concern and my clients concern is for there safety,” Dell later added. “Being there everyday and working there everyday in (asbestos).”
The New York Islanders do not play at the Nassau Coliseum until next Thursday, but are aware of the current inspections by the state.
"The Islanders, as the primary tenant, expect that the building owner, Nassau County, and the building facility manager, SMG, will review the allegations and take any and all appropriate action,” Islanders Senior Vice President Michael Picker said in a statement. It is my understanding that the review has already begun. The safety of our fans, players and employees is paramount."
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