The Second Department, reversing (modifying) Supreme Court, determined plaintiff’s work, boarding up a vacant house to prevent access, was within the scope of work covered by Labor Law 240 (1) and Labor Law 241(6). Plaintiff allegedly fell from a ladder when attempting to board up a window:
… [P]laintiff’s work of boarding up the house, thus making it uninhabitable, was “altering” the premises within the meaning of Labor Law § 240(1), as it constituted a significant physical change to the configuration or composition of the building … .. Further, as the work the plaintiff was engaged in constituted “alteration,” it was within the scope of “construction work” for purposes of Labor Law § 241(6) … . Nucci v County of Suffolk, 2022 NY Slip Op 02423, Second Dept 4-13-22
Practice Point: Boarding up a vacant house is covered by Labor Law 240(1) and 241(6).