Suit Filed After Man Falls To His Death In Loop ‘Manlift’

CHICAGO (CBS)The family of a man who allegedly fell to his death from an employee “manlift” this month at a Downtown parking garage filed a lawsuit Tuesday against parking facility.

George Davis Jr. fell to his death from an unsecured Humphrey manlift Feb. 12 at a State Parking One LLC garage at 171 N. Wabash Ave., according to a suit filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

Davis, 63, of S. Yale Ave., was pronounced dead at 8:21 p.m. Feb. 12 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office. An autopsy determined Davis died of multiple injuries from a fall and the death was ruled an accident.

The suit claims Davis was allowed to self-park his car on the fourth floor, where a chain link gate and security door to the Humphrey manlift were left unlocked and open.

The suit claims State Parking One failed to properly barricade the fourth floor vestibule and manlift entrance to prevent access to the general public and failed to advise the public on the location of the stairwell from the fourth floor. It also claims the garage was not properly illuminated.

A spokesperson for State Parking One was not immediately available Tuesday night.

The wrongful death suit, filed by Davis’ son, Ardell Davis, is seeking unspecified judgment against State Parking One.

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  • JaguarKnight01

    Here we go…let’s sue over stupidity. I’m assuming that Mr. Davis’ son had to label EVERYTHING for his dad as to prevent him from injuring himself or walking off a 10 story ledge. Although sad, you can’t blame anyone but the person who arbitrarily did something he was not supposed to be doing.

    • Mike Bickham

      it is sad but this can hapin to me or u

  • Ed Gould

    Where does stupidity come into this as well?

    While I haven’t seen the specific lift that is been talked about, I know enough that to take this kind of “lift” is almost suicide. I do not care how young or old you are taking this type type of elevator is dangerous. About a year ago I was in a frieght elevator in a furniture resale building and I was scared to death. This was in a closed cage but it still gave me the willies. I have a heart condition so I didn’t have any other option.

    Plain sense says if you are stupid enough to take one you take your chances.

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  • lubu

    wow. i’m surprised people aren’t dying every day at this garage. it sounds very unsafe. this guy made a bad choice. these people are now stepping over a family member’s body to make a buck. disgusting. shameful.

  • Jay D. Ligner

    An act of stupidity by the father and the greedy son now wants the garage to pay for it. Believe it or not I detest parking garages and feel that this one should be held at least partly liable for this tragic death. The lift should have been better secured unless it is intended for use by the general public. I don’t think it was so used or designated.

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