Bernadette Boggs, etc., Plaintiff–Respondent, v. The City of New York, Defendant–Appellant.

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Supreme Court, Appellate Division, First Department.

Bernadette Boggs, etc., Plaintiff–Respondent, v. The City of New York, Defendant–Appellant.

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Decided: January 19, 2016

Tom, J.P., Friedman, Saxe, Kapnick, JJ. Lawrence Heisler, Brooklyn (Timothy J. O'Shaughnessy of counsel), for appellant. Rappaport, Glass, Levine & Zullo, LLP, New York (Alexander J. Wulick of counsel), for respondent.

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Order, Supreme Court, New York County (Michael D. Stallman, J.), entered April 9, 2015, which, in this action alleging, inter alia, violation of Labor Law § 241(6), denied defendant's motion for summary judgment dismissing the complaint, unanimously affirmed, without costs.

The record presents triable issues of fact as to where the accident happened and whether there was adequate lighting at the subject work area in accordance with Industrial Code (12 NYCRR) § 23–1.30. The decedent's coworker, who was with decedent at the time he was struck and killed by a train, testified that the banker lights from the express southbound track and the lights from the subway station were approximately 50 feet away from the accident location, and that the ambient lighting at the accident location did not provide enough light to read a standard newspaper (see Hernandez v. Columbus Ctr., LLC, 50 AD3d 597, 598 [1st Dept 2008] ).  The coworker's affidavit cannot be regarded as merely a self-serving allegation, because it can be reconciled with his prior testimony (see e.g. Kalt v. Ritman, 21 AD3d 321, 323 [1st Dept 2005] ).  Contrary to defendant's contention, 12 NYCRR 23–1.30 is applicable, since this section requires lighting that provides a minimum of 10 foot-candles of illumination in any area where persons are required to work, and there is no dispute that the accident occurred where construction work was being performed (see Lucas v. KD Dev. Constr.  Corp., 300 A.D.2d 634 [2d Dept 2002] ).

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