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The escalators from the Boardwalk entrance and to the mezzanine level converge on the casino level at Revel. 

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An Englishman who was dragged and hung upside down 40 feet in the air after his clothing got snagged on an escalator at Revel is suing for more than $75,000, his lawyer said in court documents this month.

Christopher Eades, a Great Britain resident who was a guest at Revel on Aug. 24, 2012, and standing near the escalator on the second level prior to the incident, said he fractured his left leg and knee among other injuries.

“Plaintiff was suddenly and precipitously pulled over the railing of the area in which he was then and there standing,” New York City-based lawyer John Nicholas Iannuzzi said in the complaint filed March 4.

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Eades was eventually rescued by bystanders, Iannuzzi said.

A summons was issued Tuesday notifying Revel of the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court of New Jersey. The case has been referred to arbitration, court records show.

A representative of the resort, which also is in the midst of Chapter 11 proceedings, declined to comment on the lawsuit.

Iannuzzi, who could not be reached for comment Thursday, said in the complaint Revel was negligent in its ownership, operation, management, maintenance, supervision, repair, design, makeup and configuration of the escalator.

“Revel resort features a huge atrium called the Ellipse which features a soaring double escalator intended to dramatically, as if in mid-air, whisk the clientele from the lobby floor to a mezzanine platform,” Iannuzzi said. “These soaring escalators were intended as a fantasy aerial lift, which seemed to defy the laws of physics but have turned out, in reality, to have failed its ambitious purpose, becoming instead, a dangerous mechanism for physical injury.”

This is not the only incident involving escalators at Revel. There was another incident Sept. 10 during which Kevin Denker Jr., 29, of Pennsylvania, jumped on a handrail and fell 40 feet, police said. Denker originally was listed in critical condition at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, but a day or so later appeared to have been recovering from his injuries when officers visited him, Atlantic City police spokeswoman Sgt. Monica McMenamin said.

Wally Shields, Atlantic City’s construction official, said that while there may be a danger of someone going over the side of the escalator, Revel’s escalators comply with state building codes and are up to date on their inspections.

Escalators undergo a visible inspection once every six months, in addition to more thorough inspections once every year and once every five years, Shields said.

“They’re very closely watched for code compliance,” he said.

It’s uncommon for someone’s clothing to become snagged by an escalator, but mishaps do happen, including at other properties, Shields said, citing a separate, unrelated incident in which so many people boarded an escalator that the staircase began running in the reverse direction.

“It’s a mechanical piece of equipment — things can happen,” he said.

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