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

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63-year-old George Davis. (Credit: CBS 2)

63-year-old George Davis. (Credit: CBS 2)

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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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