RIOS v. [And a Third-Party Action].

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department, New York.

Felix RIOS, Plaintiff-Respondent, v. WVF-PARAMOUNT 545 PROPERTY, LLP, Defendant, 745 Associates, LLC, Defendant-Appellant. [And a Third-Party Action].

Decided: January 23, 2007

TOM, J.P., SAXE, SULLIVAN, BUCKLEY, McGUIRE, JJ. Harrington, Ocko & Monk, LLP, White Plains (I. Paul Howansky of counsel), for appellant. Robert J. Renna, Brooklyn, for respondent.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Debra A. James, J.), entered April 25, 2006, which, to the extent appealed from as limited by the briefs, granted plaintiff's cross motion for summary judgment on liability on his third cause of action, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Plaintiff building engineer was in the process of repairing and replacing electrical wiring in the ceiling of the 12th floor, in order to restore lighting to the entire floor, at the time the ladder he was standing on collapsed.   The work he was engaged in was more than simply changing a lightbulb, and constituted “repair[s]” within the meaning of Labor Law § 240(1) (Piccione v. 1165 Park Ave., 258 A.D.2d 357, 685 N.Y.S.2d 242 [1999], lv. dismissed 93 N.Y.2d 957, 694 N.Y.S.2d 634, 716 N.E.2d 699 [1999] ).