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City: Airport panels that killed boy not inspected

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A lawyer for the city of Birmingham says a large cabinet housing flight information monitor, that toppled and killed a 10-year-old boy inside a renovated airport terminal, wasn't inspected after installation.  The monitors were installed in a recent $201 million upgrade at the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport.  Assistant city attorney, Steve Stine, said Tuesday that the monitor display didn't require inspection under municipal code because it wasn't a structural component of the building.  The lawyer says the unit that killed Luke Bresette was a free-standing cabinet housing video monitors that rested on the floor, similar to a home entertainment center.  The child's mother and brother remain hospitalized after being struck Friday by the overturned unit.  The family was returning home to Kansas.

Birmingham Assistant City Attorney, Steve Stine, released this statement concerning the incident at the airport:

"The City inspects structures to determine if they comply with the International Building Code.  Those inspections are for the structural parts of a building (foundation, walls, electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems), means of egress and fire safety.  We understand that the object that fell last week at the Birmingham Airport is a movable cabinet containing TV monitors for flight information; this cabinet rests on the floor and is designed like entertainment centers that are found in many homes and businesses.   The Building Code does not contemplate, and the City does not inspect furniture or cabinetry like this object."



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