The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited SMG @ Nassau Coliseum LLC with 16 serious safety violations, and issued $88,000 in proposed fines. The company is responsible for the upkeep and management of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, home of the New York Islanders.
The federal safety agency investigated the workplace upon receiving an employee complaint. Investigators found that workers were exposed to materials that could contain asbestos at several locations, and that SMG did not take the proper steps to avoid problems.
In addition to the asbestos-related issues, OSHA found several serious violations in terms of the working conditions and training that employees received. There were many issues with safety lights and exits, and workers were not given proper training in terms of bloodborne pathogens and chemical hazards, which are required in the field of construction. The company also failed to establish proper lockout procedures for heavy machinery.
OSHA defines a serious safety violation as one that is likely to lead to injury or death that the employer was aware of or should have known about. SMG has 15 days to comply and pay the fines, request an informal meeting with OSHA or appeal the charges.
"A key means of preventing hazards such as these is for employers to establish and maintain effective illness and injury prevention programs in which they work with their employees to proactively identify and eliminate hazards," OSHA's regional administrator in New York, Robert Kulick, said of the charges.
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