Worker fell 6 feet from an unsecured scaffold
At noon on February 25, 2015, our client, then a thirty-six (36) years old man, was
working as a drywall taper inside of a 2 nd floor apartment located at 56 W. 75 th Street in
Manhattan. At the time of his fall, the four story residential building of 56 W. 75 th Street was
undergoing a renovation. The defendant owner of the property, hired defendant contractor to
perform general contracting services. Defendant contractor then subcontracted with Plaintiff’s
employer to complete the project.
Our fell six (6) feet from an unsecured, mobile scaffold, without guardrails, which he was
instructed to use on an inherently dangerous wooden floor. The scaffold tipped over as a wheel
plunged through a rotting and dilapidated floor board. He was not provided with any safety
equipment whatsoever, as specified under Labor Law § 200, § 240(1), § 241(6), nor was any
made available. Plaintiff was granted summary judgment as to liability on the grounds that
defendants violated Labor Law § 240(1).