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Tronolone v. New York State Dep't of Transportation

NEW YORK SUPREME COURT, APPELLATE DIVISION, FOURTH DEPARTMENT


March 19, 2010

CAESAR TRONOLONE ET AL., APPELLANTS,
v.
NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION, RESPONDENT. (CLAIM NO. 111315.)

Appeal from an order of the Court of Claims (Jeremiah J. Moriarty, III, J.), entered February 23, 2009. The order granted the motion of defendant for summary judgment dismissing the claim.

Published by New York State Law Reporting Bureau pursuant to Judiciary Law § 431.

As corrected through Wednesday, April 28, 2010

It is hereby ordered that the order so appealed from is unanimously affirmed without costs.

Memorandum

Claimants commenced this Labor Law and common-law negligence action seeking damages for injuries sustained by Caesar Tronolone (claimant) when he slipped on a piece of scrap plywood that had been placed underneath a temporary road sign. The Court of Claims properly granted that part of defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the Labor Law § 241 (6) cause of action insofar as it is based on the alleged violation of 12 NYCRR 23-1.7 (d). We note that the remaining causes of action were withdrawn prior to the court's determination. Although 12 NYCRR 23-1.7 (d) is sufficiently specific to support a Labor Law § 241 (6) cause of action (see Scarupa v Lockport Energy Assoc., 245 AD2d 1038 [1997]), we nevertheless conclude that the piece of plywood on which claimant slipped "is not . . . the sort of [floor,] passageway, walkway, [scaffold, platform or other elevated] working area contemplated by 12 NYCRR 23-1.7 (d)" (Barnes v DeFoe/Halmar, 271 AD2d 387, 388 [2000]).

Present: Scudder, P.J., Peradotto, Lindley and Sconiers, JJ.

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