OSHA, New York State Investigating Coliseum for Asbestos

A group of Coliseum workers are preparing to sue Nassau County after finding what they claim is asbestos inside the Coliseum. According to NBC, both New York State and Federal agency OSHA have recently been at the Coliseum to investigate.

The Islanders are not named in the lawsuit, as they are a tenant at the Coliseum, owned by the County and managed by SMG. However, depending on the extent of the asbestos there’s the possibility that they could use this as a way to either get themselves out of the lease or at least sue for damages on their own. But it is still way too early to tell if the Islanders have any viable legal options.

Newsday spoke with team president Michael Picker:

“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.”