GREENBELT, Md. (CN) – A 3,100-lb. statue called “The Death of Cleopatra” fell onto a worker as he was loading it onto an elevator for the Smithsonian Institutions, he says in a $30 million claim against the government. Wayne Boone says the “yellow lift” at the Old Patent Office Building gave way under two of a dolly’s four wheels, causing the 1½-ton statue to roll onto him.
Boone sued the federal government and Hensel Phelps Construction, which contracted with the Smithsonian in April 2003 to “modernize, secure and maintain the operation of the yellow life,” and the Delaware Elevator Co., which contracted with Hensel Phelps to do the same thing in August 2005. Boone was working for Artex, a federal contractor, when the accident happened. Artex is not named as a defendant.
Boone filed a federal claim for $4 million in February 2008. The government rejected it. Now he demands $30 million. He is represented in Federal Court by Michael Schreyer with Seidman & Schreyer of Waldorf, Md.