Friday, June 16, 2017

A Labor Law § 241(6) claim.

Practice point:  The motion court properly exercised its discretion in granting plaintiffs' motion for leave to amend their bill of particulars, to allege violations of Industrial Code §§ 23-1.7(b)(1) and 23-4.2(h) in support of the Labor Law § 241(6) claim, since an amendment to allege a specific section of the Industrial Code is appropriately permitted, in the absence of unfair surprise or prejudice, even after a note of issue has been filed.

Labor Law § 241(6) imposes on owners a nondelegable duty to comply with specific safety regulations. Industrial Code § 23-1.7(b)(1) requires that "hazardous opening[s] into which a person may step or fall" must "be guarded by a substantial cover . . . or by a safety railing." Industrial Code § 23-4.2(h) requires that "[a]ny open excavation adjacent to a . . . street, . . . or other area lawfully frequented by any person shall be effectively guarded."

Case in point:  Gjeka v. Iron Horse Transp., Inc., NY Slip Op 04536 (1st Dep't June 8, 2017)

Here is the decision.

Monday's issue:  Applicability of the Workers' Compensation Law.