The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined plaintiff was entitled to summary judgment on his Labor Law 240 (1) “falling object” cause of action:
The record reflects that plaintiff was on a temporary exterior platform on the 21st floor of a building under construction, when he was struck and injured by a falling piece of DensGlass, an exterior sheetrock material, which matched the size of a missing piece of sheetrock one floor above. Plaintiff was in the process of dismantling the bridge that was linked to the exterior hoist elevator.
Plaintiff established his entitlement to judgment as a matter of law on the issue of liability on his Labor Law § 240(1) claim based on the record evidence that a piece of the exterior facade of the building still under construction fell on him, that workers were performing patch work to the DensGlass on the floors above plaintiff, and that the exterior facade was not complete … . Furthermore, defendants’ cross motions for summary judgment dismissing the § 241(6) claim should have been denied because there is a triable issue of fact as to whether the area where the accident occurred was “normally exposed to falling material or objects” requiring that plaintiff be provided with “suitable overhead protection” (see 12 NYCRR 23-1.7[a] …). Garcia v SMJ 210 W. 18 LLC, 2019 NY Slip Op 08791, First Dept 12-10-19