Marc A. Nicometi, Appellant-Respondent,v.The Vineyards of Fredonia, LLC, et al., Respondents-Appellants, et al., Defendants.--------------------------------Scott Pfohl, et al., Third-Party Plaintiffs, v. Western New York Plumbing-Ellicott Plumbing and Remodeling Co., Inc., Third-Party Respondent-Appellant.
In Klein, the plaintiff sustained injuries when he fell from a ladder that slipped out from underneath him because the floor had recently been flooded with a slick and greasy water, and a “film” or “ ‘gunk’ ” residue remained (id. at 834, 652 N.Y.S.2d 723, 675 N.E.2d 458).
In Wilinski, the plaintiff was injured when demolition debris fell from a wall near the plaintiff's work site causing two ten-foot high unsecured metal pipes to topple onto him from a height of about four feet.
Holding "[t]he core objective of the statute in requiring protective devices for those working at heights is to allow them to complete their work safely and prevent them from falling. Where an injury results from a separate hazard wholly unrelated to the risk which brought about the need for the safety device in the first instance, no section 240 liability exists"