Airport contractor released from fatal sign collapse lawsuit

The wrongful death lawsuit against one contractor involved in the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport renovation was dismissed. A judge decided Monumental Contracting Services cannot be held responsible for the fatal sign collapse.

According to court documents, Monumental was hired to assemble and install four flight displays at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Work had begun on one in Concourse A when employees emailed other contractors, including Fish, Brasfield & Gorrie and BLOC January 7, 2013 about the units being top heavy and lacking any support or anchoring. The KPS Architect who designed the units claimed there were no problems. But attorneys say Monumental was not satisfied, so its employees stopped the work and Brasfield & Gorrie took over.

March 22, 2013, another unit fell and hit the Bresette family. The mother and two of her children were injured. Her ten year old, Luke, was killed.

Monumental asked be released from the wrongful death lawsuit filed against the contractors Tuesday. It never did any work on the display that fell.