Alvarez v. Long Island Fireproof Door, Inc – Case Brief Summary (New York)

In Alvarez v. Long Island Fireproof Door, Inc., (305 AD2d 343, 758 N.Y.S.2d 677 [2d Dept 2003]), plaintiffs sustained personal injuries when they fell from a platform approximately 10 feet above the ground while installing an electric door opener.

One plaintiff claimed that the accident occurred as a result of the other plaintiff leaning against a certain wooden guardrail which then gave way.

The Court denied summary judgment, holding that an issue of fact existed as to whether plaintiffs removed the wooden railing from the platform before the accident and whether that act constituted the sole proximate cause of the accident.