Sean Nicholson v. Structure Tone Inc, Pavarini Construction Co Inc, Pavarini McGovern LLC

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Case Name

Sean Nicholson v. Structure Tone Inc, Pavarini Construction Co Inc, Pavarini McGovern LLC

Type of Injury



Union-affiliated Carpenter


Bronx, New York


The parties negotiated a pretrial settlement. The first-party defendants’ insurer tendered its policy, which provided $1 million of coverage, and Commodore Construction’s insurer agreed to pay $2.9 million, from a policy that provided $10 million of coverage. Thus, the settlement totaled $3.9 million.

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Case Details

On March 15, 2010, plaintiff Sean Nicholson, a union-affiliated carpenter in his late 30s, worked at a renovation site that was located at 1290 Sixth Ave., in Manhattan. Nicholson was installing devices that supported a door. During the course of that task, he fell off of a scaffold. He fell a distance of about four feet, and he landed on a floor. He claimed that he sustained injuries of his back and an elbow.

Nicholson sued the renovation project’s general contractor, Structure Tone Inc.; two related entities, Pavarini Construction Co. Inc. and Pavarini McGovern, LLC; and the premises’ owners, 555 1290 Holdings LLC, HWA 1290 III LLC, HWA 1290 IV LLC and HWA 1290 V LLC. Nicholson alleged that the defendants violated the New York State Labor Law.

The defendants impleaded Nicholson’s employer, Commodore Construction Group. The first-party defendants alleged that Commodore Construction controlled and directed Nicholson’s work functions.

Plaintiff’s counsel discontinued the claims against Pavarini Construction and Pavarini McGovern. The matter proceeded against the remaining defendants.

Nicholson claimed that the scaffold was not secure. As such, he contended that the device did not provide a safe means of performing the work that he had undertaken. Plaintiff’s counsel contended that the incident stemmed from an elevation-related hazard, as defined by Labor Law § 240(1), and that Nicholson was not provided the proper, safe equipment that is a requirement of the statute.

Plaintiff’s counsel moved for summary judgment of liability, and the motion was granted. The matter proceeded to damages.