When Is an Owner Liable for Defective Equipment on the Worksite?

When Is an Owner Liable for Defective Equipment on the Worksite? | Dana Heitz

{5:04 minutes to read} Let’s say a worker on a job site is injured because of defective equipment. And let’s say there’s a statute that imposes a duty to provide a safe workplace. Is the site’s owner liable for the injury under this statute? In a pair of cases decided a week apart, the Second Department clarified when an owner’s acts can give rise to a claim under a statute just like this one—Labor Law § 200. (These decisions were issued in 2008, but they’re still good law and both lawyers and courts cite them frequently.)

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