The Second Department, reversing (modifying) Supreme Court, determined plaintiff was entitled to summary judgment on the Labor Law 240(1) cause of action. Plaintiff was injured when he attempted to avoid a fall from a scaffold when a plank he was standing on shifted:
… [T]he plaintiff made a prima facie showing of entitlement to judgment as a matter of law on the issue of liability on so much of the cause of action alleging a violation of Labor Law § 240(1) through the submission of the plaintiff’s affidavit and a copy of the transcript of his deposition testimony “which demonstrated that the scaffold failed to afford him proper protection for the work being performed, and that this failure was a proximate cause of his injuries” … . In opposition, the defendants failed to raise a triable issue of fact. “They did not offer any evidence, other than mere speculation, to refute the plaintiff[‘s] showing or to raise a bona fide issue as to how the accident occurred” … . The defendants’ contention that the alleged injuries were only tangentially related to the effects of gravity and/or an elevation-related risk is without merit … . Wilson v Bergon Constr. Corp., 2023 NY Slip Op 04616, Second Dept 9-13-23
Practice Point: Apparently the plaintiff was injured when he attempted to avoid a fall from a scaffold. It is not clear whether plaintiff actually fell. Even so, he was entitled to summary judgment on the Labor Law 240(1) cause of the action.