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While working on the George Washington Bridge, the plaintiff, a construction worker, allegedly fell from one of the bridge towers when his sandblasting hose exploded after he attempted to unclog it. He was climbing down to a lower platform when he fell and sustained injuries.

The defendant claimed that he should have remained in the basket he was working in, or used the safety harness that he had, to climb down, and his failure to do so made him the sole proximate cause of his accident.

The First Department found that there was an issue of fact on this point and so reversed the lower court’s award of summary judgment on Labor Law 240(1) to the plaintiff. The decision is Stella v. County of Nassau.

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