CAPPARELLI v. ZAUSMER FRISCH ASSOCIATES INC

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

Louis A. CAPPARELLI, Jr., and Dawn M. Capparelli, Appellants-Respondents, v. ZAUSMER FRISCH ASSOCIATES, INC., and/or Zausmer Frisch Construction Co., Inc., and Council House Realty Corporation, Respondents.

Zausmer Frisch Construction Co., Inc., Third-Party Plaintiff, v. Burns Electric Co., Inc., Third-Party Defendant-Respondent-Appellant.

Council House Realty Corporation, Third-Party Plaintiff-Respondent, v. Burns Electric Co., Inc., Third-Party Defendant-Respondent-Appellant.

Decided: December 31, 1998

Present:  DENMAN, P.J., HAYES, BALIO, BOEHM and FALLON, JJ. Cherundolo, Bottar & Leone by Edward Leone, Syracuse, for plaintiffs-appellants-respondents. MacKenzie, Smith, Lewis, Mitchell & Hughes, LLP by Maureen McGlynn, Syracuse, for third-party defendant-respondent-appellant. Costello, Cooney & Fearon, LLP by Edmund Gegan, Syracuse, for defendants-third-party plaintiffs-respondents.

Because the alleged injury of plaintiff Louis A. Capparelli, Jr. was the result of his exposure “to the usual and ordinary dangers of a construction site, and not the extraordinary elevation risks envisioned by Labor Law § 240(1)” (Rodriguez v. Tietz Ctr. for Nursing Care, 84 N.Y.2d 841, 843, 616 N.Y.S.2d 900, 640 N.E.2d 1134), dismissal of the Labor Law § 240(1) cause of action is warranted.   Thus, we modify the order by granting the motion of third-party defendant for partial summary judgment and dismissing that cause of action.

Order unanimously modified on the law and as modified affirmed without costs.

MEMORANDUM: