The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined defendant’s motion for summary judgment should not have been granted in this slip and fall case. Plaintiff alleged a discarded metrocard was the cause of her slip and fall on a train station stairwell. The defendant did not demonstrate when the stairwell was last inspected or cleaned:
Defendant failed to establish its prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law, in this action where plaintiff … alleges that he was injured when, while descending stairs in a subway station, he slipped and fell on a discarded Metrocard. Although the cleaner on duty in the station testified he was given a Cleaners Manual and a written cleaning schedule, evidencing that defendant had a “rational means for dealing with the problem” of strewn MetroCards on the stairwell of train stations, the cleaner conceded that he could not recall whether he had deviated from his usual work schedule on the date of plaintiff’s accident and he did not have an independent recollection of when the staircase was last cleaned or inspected prior to the accident … .
Because defendant did not establish its prima facie entitlement to summary judgment, the burden never shifted to plaintiff to establish how long the condition existed … . Carela v New York City Tr. Auth., 2019 NY Slip Op 06140, First Dept 8-13-19