The Second Department determined plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on his Labor Law 240 (1) cause of action in this ladder-fall case was properly granted. The rolling stairway provided to plaintiff was not high enough to reach the control box for a door which was stuck open. So plaintiff used his own ladder which slid to the side causing him to fall 10 or 12 feet:
Labor Law § 240(1) provides that building owners and contractors shall furnish, or cause to be furnished, safety devices which are “so constructed, placed and operated as to give proper protection [to workers]” … . “To establish liability pursuant to Labor Law § 240(1), a plaintiff must demonstrate a violation of the statute and that such violation was a proximate cause of his or her injuries” … . A building owner may be held liable for a violation of Labor Law § 240(1) even if it did not exercise supervision or control over the work … .
Here, the plaintiff established his prima facie entitlement to judgment as a matter of law on the issue of liability on the Labor Law § 240(1) cause of action … by demonstrating that he was injured when he fell while using an unsecured ladder, which unexpectedly collapsed and caused his injuries, without the benefit of any safety devices to prevent such a fall … . Jara v Costco Wholesale Corp., 2019 NY Slip Op 08664, Second Dept 12-4-19