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

Ricardo BURGOS, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v.

GROUP MANAGEMENT, INC., et al., Defendants-Respondents/Third-Party Plaintiffs, v. Aztec Metal Maintenance Corp., Third-Party Defendant-Respondent.

Decided: April 18, 2000

WILLIAMS, J.P., ELLERIN, LERNER, ANDRIAS and FRIEDMAN, JJ. Sharon Weintraub Dashow, for Plaintiffs-Appellants. Richard A. Kubick, for Defendants-Respondents/Third-Party Plaintiffs. Steven L. Sonkin, for Third-Party Defendant-Respondent.

Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Jane Solomon, J.), entered March 22, 1999, which, insofar as appealed from as limited by the briefs, denied plaintiffs' motion for partial summary judgment on the issue of defendants' liability under Labor Law § 240(1), and granted defendants' cross motion for summary judgment dismissing the Labor Law § 240(1) claim, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

Plaintiff fell from a metal platform attached to the back of a work van while securing to a rack on the van's roof, the dismantled sections of a scaffold that had been used to clean the marquis of defendants' hotel.   Such activity does not fall within the coverage of elevation risks covered by Labor Law § 240(1) (see, Dilluvio v. City of New York, 264 A.D.2d 115, 118-119, 704 N.Y.S.2d 550, 553;  DePuy v. Sibley, Lindsay & Curr Co., 225 A.D.2d 1069, 639 N.Y.S.2d 207;  cf., Gentile v. New York City Hous. Auth., 228 A.D.2d 296, 643 N.Y.S.2d 588, lv. dismissed 89 N.Y.2d 981, 656 N.Y.S.2d 739, 678 N.E.2d 1355).