The First Department determined plaintiff’s Labor Law 241 (6) and 200 causes of action should not have been dismissed. Plaintiff alleged brown paper on top of green dust (used to keep down dust) created a dangerous slippery condition which caused his slip and fall:
The motion court improperly dismissed plaintiff’s Labor Law § 241(6) claim predicated on Industrial Code (12 NYCRR) § 23-1.7(d). The alleged presence of green dust on the floor created a triable issue as to whether a “foreign substance” created a slippery condition on the floor, in violation of this Code section, and whether such condition caused plaintiff’s accident … .
Plaintiff’s Labor Law § 200 and common-law negligence claims should similarly be reinstated as the court should not have analyzed plaintiff’s accident under the manner and means standard, but should instead have applied the dangerous condition standard … . The green dust was a dangerous condition that existed prior to plaintiff’s arrival at the job site it was not part of the work plaintiff was performing … . As such, there are triable issues of fact as to whether the general contractor … had notice of the hazardous condition of the floor … . In addition, the owner … failed to demonstrate the absence of actual or constructive notice of the hazardous condition on its part, since it failed to point to any probative evidence on this issue … . DeMercurio v 605 W. 42nd Owner LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 03550 First Dept 5-7-19