A large digital sign board fell at an Alabama airport killing a young boy, Luke Bressette, and critically injuring at least one other person.
Fox4kc.com quotes a witness, Larry Snyder, saying that a family was crushed underneath the sign which is estimated to weigh between 300 and 400 pounds.
The accident occurred in a section of the Birmingham airport that had been recently renovated.
It appears that faulty construction or installation of the sign board may be the cause of this terrible accident. Our condolences go out to the Luke’s family and those affected by this incident.
An investigation will most certainly discover the reason the sign fell and in what part of the design and build process failed to adequately fasten the sign to the wall.
This incident is reminiscent of the myriad of accidents we have seen where a TV or heaving piece of furniture has fallen, seriously injuring or killing a young child.
Most people aren’t aware the hazards of improperly mounted TVs or, in this case, signage can pose to people.
In Seattle, we had three separate incidents of glass balcony railing panels falling from upper floors at the Four Seasons Hotel and Private Residences near Seattle’s Pike Place Market to the sidewalks below. Luckily, no one was injured in these three incidents but one could easily see how a person walking below could have been killed.
Those injured in the incident and the young Luke’s family will certainly have a claim against many parties because of the falling sign. They may have a claim against the construction company, the airport and the sign company among other potential liable parties.