dinsdag 26 maart 2013

Airport digital signage falls, kills 10-year-old boy.

An airport digital signage flight status display board fell over Friday, collapsing on top of a family and killing a 10-year-old boy, according to the Associated Press and ABC News.

The display board at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Birmingham, Ala., toppled over on top of a mother and three of her children, killing one of the children. The mother is in serious condition and was reported earlier today to still be unaware of her son's death.

The airport and the general contractor for the recent airport expansion where the accident took place, Brasfield & Gorrie, both have released statements, but it is unclear what company or subcontractor served as the installer for the digital display boards. A second display similar to the one that fell has since been removed from the airport as a precautionary measure.

The weight of the display, which appears to have included several digital signage display screens in a large metallic enclosure, has been estimated by various sources as being between 300 and 400 pounds. A story on Good Morning America showed eight workers lifting the display board back into a standing position.

The news underscores the need for proper mounting of digital signage display boards for public safety.

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