Court Dismisses Complaint and All Cross-Claims Against Defendant Prime Contractor

In a decision dated December 21, 2016, Justice Thomas P. Aliotta granted summary judgment dismissing the plaintiff’s complaint and all cross-claims as to our client, Delric Construction Co., Inc. The plaintiff sought damages for personal injuries allegedly sustained when he fell from a wooden plank that extended over a ventilation shaft on the sixth floor of the Staten Island Courthouse under construction. In granting the motion, the Court held that our client was not an agent of the owner and was not otherwise negligent. Delric did not have the authority to supervise, direct or control the plaintiff’s work. Furthermore, Delric had no safety or maintenance obligations on the sixth floor and more specifically in or around the shaft. In addition, the Court found that Delric owed no contractual indemnity, in whole or in part, to any of the defendants because the work on the sixth floor at the time of the accident was being performed for a separate prime contractor and arose from no work on the part of Delric or its subcontractors.

McDonough v. Delric Construction Co., Inc., et al., Index No. 150892/2013 (Richmond Co. Sup. Ct., December 21, 2016)

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