An employee at a manufacturing company was cleaning a seven-foot high wall module, manufactured by his employer, in preparation for shipping the module to the purchaser. The employee fell to the ground and was injured when the ladder he was standing on broke. He sued the purchaser of the wall module and his employer’s landlord for damages under a New York statute that requires contractors and owners to provide protective scaffolding or other devices for the protection of workers engaged in, among other things, cleaning a building or a structure.
A wrongful death suit was filed by the family of a mechanic who died from asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer. The decedent had worked as an auto mechanic. In the course of his work he repaired and installed asbestos-containing brake parts. To repair these parts the decedent used machines manufactured by the defendant. The machines contained no asbestos but were designed to reshape brake parts that might contain asbestos. The defendant’s machines did not require asbestos-containing brake parts to operate, nor did any asbestos-containing brake parts require the defendant’s machines in order to function.
The daughter/sister of two independent contractors hired to install asbestos insulation in a Ford plant in the 1950s was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2004. She was responsible for doing her father’s and brother’s laundry at the time they were installing the asbestos. She alleged that her father and brother brought asbestos dust home on their clothing, which had to be shaken out prior to being laundered, and that the asbestos dust to which she was thus exposed caused the mesothelioma. She sued Ford for negligence.