The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined the air duct which caused plaintiff’s fall was part of the demolition work plaintiff’s employer was hired to perform. Therefore Labor Law 241(6) was not applicable. In addition, Labor Law 200 did not apply to the defendant who did not supervise or control plaintiff’s work:
Plaintiff fell after trying to climb over an air duct that was left on the floor as part of the demolition work his employer was subcontracted to perform. Accordingly, the air duct constituted an integral part of the work, and 12 NYCRR 23-1.7(e)(2) as a predicate for the Labor Law § 241(6) claim is inapplicable … . Contrary to plaintiff’s contention, defendant properly raised its “integral part” argument in its moving papers.
Defendant cannot be held liable under Labor Law § 200, because the presence of the air duct on the floor was a condition created by the means and methods of the work performed by plaintiff or his employer, and the record demonstrates that defendant had only general supervisory authority over the construction site and did not control plaintiff’s work … . Plaintiff testified that he received instructions only from his employer’s foremen … . Mateo v Iannelli Constr. Co. Inc., 2022 NY Slip Op 00010, First Dept 1-4-22