New York Noncompete, Trade Secret & School Negligence Blog
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- Why Are There So Few Successful Defective Products Lawsuits?
In this case, the plaintiff contended that after complaining that he did not feel secure in removing aluminum siding from the owner's adjacent building, and therefore requesting some safety equipment, be it a scaffold or safety lines, he was purportedly told, "You do it or go home."
What happened next is not terribly surprising.
After using a ladder that was available (albeit not anchored), the plaintiff managed to climb onto a 6" wide cinder block wall, but when he turned around, he fell off the wall, sustaining serious personal injuries.
In granting the plaintiff's motion seeking summary judgment on his "scaffold law" claim, the Court held as follows:
"Defendants have not presented any evidence that there were ladders available for [plaintiff']'s use, or even that he would have been able to access the adjacent building with an extension ladder. They have therefore failed to raise an issue of fact as to [plaintiff]'s Labor Law 240(1) claim."