Current and former arena employees suing over asbestos exposure

April 25th, 2013

More than 100 current and former employees of the Nassau Coliseum in Long Island have alleged that ownership failed to protect them from asbestos exposure at the arena. An asbestos lawsuit proceeding representing the employees seeks between $500 million and $1 billion.

The Nassau Coliseum was built in 1969 and has hosted thousands of hockey games, concerts and other events. Though the arena is reportedly safe for patrons, carcinogenic asbestos was found in areas frequented by staff, including electricians, mechanics, plumbers and ventilation experts—one of whom filed a wrongful death lawsuit.

Coliseum workers have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases including asbestosis, and one worker died from mesothelioma. Asbestos is a building material used prevalently from the 1940s through 1970s, and is the leading cause of mesothelioma, a severe form of cancer affecting more than 4,000 Americans every year.


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