The First Department, reversing Supreme Court, determined plaintiff was entitled to summary judgment in this Labor Law 240(1) action. A beam which was not properly secured fell on plaintiff. The fact that plaintiff could not explain how the beam fell did not preclude the award of summary judgment:
Plaintiff’s testimony that a beam fell on him as he was securing a scaffold on which his coworker was standing to strip concrete formwork beams from the ceiling, along with the unrebutted affidavit of his expert concluding that the beam was not properly secured, established his entitlement to summary judgment on liability on the Labor Law § 240(1) claim … . That plaintiff was unable to explain how the beam fell did not preclude summary judgment in his favor … . Fuentes v YJL Broadway Hotel, LLC, 2022 NY Slip Op 06636, First Dept 11-22-22
Practice Point: Plaintiff’s expert concluded the beam which struck plaintiff was not properly secured and the expert’s conclusion was not rebutted. That plaintiff could not explain how the beam fell did preclude the award of summary judgment in this Labor Law 240(1) action.