BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The family of Luke Bresette, the 10-year-old who was killed in March when an information display board fell on top of him and other family members, has filed a lawsuit against the contractors who contributed to all aspects of the information boards.
The lawsuit was filed in the Jefferson County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
The lawsuit names the defendants, among others, as Brasfield & Gorie and BLOC Global, Fish Construction and the KPS Group.
As a part of Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport’s modernization project, Fish Construction was charged with the task of designing, constructing, assembling and installing the Multi-User Flight Information Display System, or MUFIDS.
According to the text of the lawsuit, the drawings presented by Fish Construction were approved by Brasfield & Gorie, BLOC, KPS Group, A.G. Gaston and Saber Construction.
The lawsuit claims that Fish Construction increased the density of the fiberboard used in the making of the MUFIDS from ¾ of an inch to 1 ¾ of an inch.
As such, the lawsuit says all of the defendants should have know that the increase in density to the boards would only add to the instability of the MUFIDS and would increase the weight of the unit.
The next sequence of statements in the lawsuit states that the defendants should have known that the modifications made to the MUFIDS placed a “foreseeable risk of fatal danger to the general public who would be utilizing the airport concourse.”
The lawsuit says Brasfield & Gorie and BLOC “haphazardly installed the second and third MUFIDS and attempted to anchor those two MUFIDS to the wall, ceiling, and/or floor.”
Overall, the lawsuit claims the defendants’ actions were negligent, installing the MUFIDS in areas within the concourse without an anchoring system and without proper support.
No specific monetary amount for damages sought was listed in the lawsuit.
The Birmingham Airport Authority was not named in the lawsuit.
The entire lawsuit can be viewed by clicking this link.
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