City: Airport panels that killed boy not inspected

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."