HOMEOWNER’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON LABOR LAW 240(1), 241(6) AND 200 CAUSES OF ACTION PROPERLY DENIED, HOMEOWNER DID NOT DEMONSTRATE HE DID NOT CONTROL AND SUPERVISE PLAINTIFF’S WORK OR DID NOT CREATE OR WAS NOT AWARE OF THE DANGEROUS CONDITION.
The Second Department determined defendant homeowner’s motion for summary judgment on the Labor Law 240(1), 241(6) and 200 causes of action were properly denied. Defendant did not demonstrate he did not control and supervise plaintiff’s work and he did not demonstrate he did not create or was not aware of the dangerous condition. Therefore the motion was properly denied without reference to plaintiff’s opposing papers:
“Labor Law §§ 240 and 241 provide an exemption for owners of single and two-family houses such that liability can only be imposed where the homeowner directs or controls the work being performed” … . “In this regard, the phrase direct or control’ is to be strictly construed and, in ascertaining whether a particular homeowner’s actions amount to direction or control of a project, the relevant inquiry is the degree to which the owner supervised the method and manner of the actual work being performed by the injured employee” … . Here, the proof submitted in support of the defendant’s motion for summary judgment raises triable issues of fact as to whether he exercised the requisite degree of direction and control over the injury-[*2]producing method of work so as to impose liability under Labor Law §§ 240(1) and 241(6) … . * * *
“[W]hen a worker at a job site is injured as a result of a dangerous or defective premises condition, a property owner’s liability under Labor Law § 200 and for common-law negligence rests upon whether there is evidence that the property owner created the condition, or had actual or constructive notice of it and a reasonable amount of time within which to correct the condition” … . “[W]hen a worker at a job site is injured as a result of dangerous or defective equipment used in the performance of work duties, the property owner’s liability under Labor Law § 200 and for common-law negligence rests upon whether the property owner had the authority to supervise or control the means and methods of the work”… . Where, as here, “an accident is alleged to involve defects in both the premises and the equipment used at the work site, the property owner moving for summary judgment with respect to causes of action alleging a violation of Labor Law § 200 is obligated to address the proof applicable to both liability standards” … . Wadlowski v Cohen, 2017 NY Slip Op 03797, 2nd Dept 5-10-17
LABOR LAW-CONSTRUCTION LAW (HOMEOWNER’S MOTION FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT ON LABOR LAW 240(1), 241(6) AND 200 CAUSES OF ACTION PROPERLY DENIED, HOMEOWNER DID NOT DEMONSTRATE HE DID NOT CONTROL AND SUPERVISE PLAINTIFF’S WORK OR DID NOT CREATE OR WAS NOT AWARE OF THE DANGEROUS CONDITION)