A 31 year-old mason was working at a construction site on Hoe Avenue in the Bronx. In the course of the day, he performed work that required the use of an 8-foot high scaffold. As the man was transferring cinder blocks from a forklift onto the scaffold’s top platform, he fell to the ground, injuring his ankle. The injured mason sued the building’s owners, Home Assistance Technicians Inc and Atlantic Development Co; the general contractor, K & J Construction Company; and the building’s alleged managing agent, Jeffrey M. Brown Associates. The man claimed that the incident was an elevation-related accident, as defined by Labor Law § 240, and that he was not provided proper safety equipment, as required by the statute.
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