The Second Department determined defendant school did not demonstrate it lacked constructive notice of the protruding screw which allegedly lacerated plaintiff-student’s leg as she walked by bleachers. Therefore the school’s motion for summary judgment should not have been granted:
A property owner, or a party in possession or control of real property, has a duty to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition … . In a premises liability case, a defendant property owner, or a party in possession or control of real property, who moves for summary judgment has the initial burden of making a prima facie showing that it neither created the alleged dangerous condition nor had actual or constructive notice of its existence for a sufficient length of time to have discovered and remedied it … . To meet its initial burden on the issue of lack of constructive notice, the moving party is required to offer some evidence as to when the accident site was last inspected or maintained prior to the plaintiff’s accident … .
Here, in support of their motion, the defendants submitted, inter alia, the affidavit of the School District’s Director of Facilities, Roald Broas, who averred, in relevant part, that the School District did not maintain the subject bleachers, but instead “hire[d] subcontractors to perform inspections and maintenance of the bleachers.” Broas’s conclusory affidavit—which failed to identify the subcontractor who performed the last inspection or maintenance on the bleachers, as well as when and how such inspection or maintenance was performed—was insufficient to establish, prima facie, the School District’s lack of constructive notice of the alleged dangerous condition … . Kelly v Roy C. Ketcham High Sch., 2020 NY Slip Op 00111, Second Dept 1-8-20