Asbestos contamination has been found in four locations throughout the Nassau Coliseum , but inspection reports show air quality is safe in public areas of the arena, according to a consulting firm hired by Nassau County.http://mobile.newsday.com/inf/infomo;JSESSIONID=78FDED3F629A966CCE3FF66FD305F223?site=newsday&view=search_results_item&feed:a=newsday_5min&feed:c=longisland&feed:i=1.3634545&feed:tag=newsday_1min,newsday_5min,newsday_10min&feed:max=50&feed:search=Firm%20says%20Coliseum%20air%20safe%20despite%20asbestos
Additional inspections are being conducted by the state Department of Labor and the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration .
An inspection last weekend by J.C. Broderick & Associates Inc. of Hauppauge found asbestos in private corridors and stairwells; in a tunnel below the exhibition hall, and in an ice plant room, the company's report states. Each location measures about 10 square feet and is used primarily by maintenance staff, the analysis found.
"The areas of concern were immediately isolated and access was restricted," said firm owner Brendan Broderick.
Deputy County Executive Rob Walker said "the building is safe for our employees, patrons and users." A remediation plan began Thursday night.
Broderick said signs were posted to prevent people from entering contaminated areas.
But Garden City attorney Joseph Dell, who represents 75 arena employees, contends the contamination is more widespread and may have affected public areas of the building.
Dell represents electricians, carpenters, plumbers, laborers and mechanics who claim to have gotten sick from asbestos, a known carcinogen. A Zamboni driver with 30 years of experience, he said, has mesothelioma, while a laborer who has swept the floors for decades has stage-four lung cancer.
"The clock ticks every day for my clients," said Dell, who is preparing a class-action suit against Nassau County.