Fatal fall at University of Portland leads to $13M lawsuit

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of a worker who died from a fall has filed a $13 million lawsuit against the University of Portland, alleging its faulty equipment caused the accident.

According to the suit, Thomas Smith was working at the university arena in 2014 when the lift he was using to reach speakers and lights tipped over. The 55-year-old struck his head on the arena floor, and died from his injuries three months later.

The lawsuit contends the lift was in poor repair, and the university allowed it to be used without outrigger supports that could have prevented tipping. The suit also faults Genie Industries, the Washington-based company that designed the lift.

A university spokeswoman declined to discuss the lawsuit when reached by The Oregonian (http://is.gd/wQCkGg). The company also declined comment.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

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