Friday, February 17, 2017

Manhole covers and the prior written notice requirement.

The Appellate Division affirmed dismissal in this action seeking recovery for injuries allegedly sustained when the front wheel of the bicycle plaintiff was riding came into contact with gravel located around a large hole, near a manhole cover.  The Appellate Division found that plaintiff failed to establish that an exception to the prior written notice requirement of Administrative Code of the City of New York § 7-201(c)(2) is at issue. The City's ownership of a manhole cover, which allows the City to access the sewer system and water pipes in order to perform maintenance and repairs, does not provide the City with a special benefit from that property unrelated to the public use.  Accordingly, it does not fall within the "special use" exception to the requirement that the City have prior written notice of the defect.

Case:  Chambers v. City of New York, NY Slip Op 01120 (1st Dep't February 10, 2017)

Here is the decision.

Tuesday's issue:  A supplier's liability under the Labor Law.