Authorities said James Higgins, 53, of London, was pinned by a moving elevator in the elevator shaft in April 2009. Nadia Higgins originally sued her husband’s employer, Oracle Elevator Co., and Campus Partners for Community Urban Redevelopment claiming negligence. The state was later named as a third defendant.
The university said Higgins and another worker were working on the elevators in preparation for the hotel’s conversion to a dormitory.
The court ruling last week found no evidence Higgins was required or directed to enter the elevator pit.