Defendant Safety Auditing Services Joint Venture Obtains Voluntary Discontinuance of Plaintiff’s Complaint and All Cross-Claims

The plaintiff claims that he sustained bodily injuries on November 8, 2005, at a construction and renovation project at the Newtown Creek Water Pollution Control Plant.  During the course of his employment with Pegno/Tully Joint Venture, the plaintiff, while carrying a heavy metal doorframe, stepped on an open sewer drain in the basement of the “Grit Building” at the project. Prior to the plaintiff’s accident, Tams/Allied Joint Venture (“Joint Venture”) entered into an agreement with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (“DEP”) to perform third-party occupational safety auditing services at various DEP projects, including the subject project. The duties of the Joint Venture at the project consisted of randomly visiting the project and physically observing site conditions in the presence of the contractor site safety representative.  If any unsafe work practices or conditions were observed, the Joint Venture recorded the same in a database and discussed the issue with the appropriate DEP and contract management resident engineering staff as well as the contractor’s site safety representative.  The Joint Venture did not have the authority to instruct any of the contractors or subcontractors on the site as to the means and methods of their work; nor did it have the authority to stop any of the contractors or subcontractors from performing their work.  Significantly, it did not have any duty or responsibility to implement safety standards or to provide safety devices. In light of the foregoing, the Joint Venture successfully obtained a voluntary discontinuance of the plaintiff’s complaint alleging that the Joint Venture was negligent and violated Labor Law §§200, 240(1) and 241(6). The cross-claims interposed by the various codefendants were also voluntarily discontinued as against the Joint Venture.

Ingordo v. WDF, Inc. et al., Index No.: 42646/07 (Kings Co. Sup. Ct.)

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