Workers file asbestos lawsuit over hockey arena contamination

April 16th, 2012

More than 75 workers have filed an asbestos lawsuit alleging that the NHL arena they work in contains the deadly material. The lawsuit claims that Nassau County never removed asbestos from the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum—which holds as many as 16,000 fans for New York Islanders games.

The lawyer for the workers says three independent asbestos tests returned positive for asbestos in several seating sections, hallways and the catwalk. The arena has employed more than 1,000 workers since being opened in 1972.

Asbestos is a carcinogenic material used heavily in construction from the 1940s through the 1970s. Asbestos exposure has been directly linked to several diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma—a fatal form of cancer that can take decades to develop.

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