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Bidetto v. New York City Housing Authority

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
Jul 1, 1969
250 N.E.2d 735 (N.Y. 1969)


Argued May 14, 1969

Decided July 1, 1969

Appeal from the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court in the Second Judicial Department, ANTHONY J. DI GIOVANNA, J.

John Nielsen and Alan W. Craig for appellant.

Bernard Meyerson and Maxwell J. Eile for respondent.

MEMORANDUM. Decedent, a bricklayer, was injured fatally when bricks which his employer was placing on a floor above where he was working fell on him. He was building a wall and the bricks being placed were to be used as the wall went up. The open space which was to be filled in as the wall was constructed was not an area of common usage in the construction over which the owner retained control. Nor did the owner direct or control the work being done by decedent. The accident must be deemed to have been due to the manner in which decedent's employer prosecuted the work and the negligence, if any, in its occurrence is not attributable to the owner; nor is the owner liable on the theory that it provided an unsafe place to work as the wall was being constructed ( Wright v. Belt Assoc., 14 N.Y.2d 129; Gasper v. Ford Motor Co., 13 N.Y.2d 104; Broderick v. Cauldwell-Wingate Co., 301 N.Y. 182; Mullin v. Genesee County Elec. Light, Power Gas Co., 202 N.Y. 275; Grant v. Rochester Gas Elec. Corp., 20 A.D.2d 48). The rule is succinctly summarized in Naso v. Wates Co. ( 21 A.D.2d 679, 680). The order should be reversed and the complaint dismissed without costs.

Chief Judge FULD and Judges SCILEPPI, BERGAN, BREITEL and JASEN concur. Judge BURKE dissents and votes to affirm upon the ground that a question of fact was presented for the jury's consideration.

Order reversed and complaint dismissed, without costs, in a memorandum.

Summaries of

Bidetto v. New York City Housing Authority

Court of Appeals of the State of New York
Jul 1, 1969
250 N.E.2d 735 (N.Y. 1969)
Case details for

Bidetto v. New York City Housing Authority

Case Details

Full title:CAROLINA BIDETTO, as Administratrix of the Estate of PETER BIDETTO, Also…

Court:Court of Appeals of the State of New York

Date published: Jul 1, 1969


250 N.E.2d 735 (N.Y. 1969)
250 N.E.2d 735
303 N.Y.S.2d 695

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