Brasfield & Gorrie issues statement about airport display units

(CBS42)
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[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1365551402&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4011580&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1365551402 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — According to a joint statement from Brasfield & Gorrie and BLOC Media, the free-standing information display unit that fell forward during the tragic airport accident on March 22, 2013 was previously deemed stable after its installation.

The Birmingham Airport Authority received a report from Brasfield & Gorrie and BLOC Global Services with detailed and updated information about the March 22 accident.

The report states that the Airport Authority “did not participate in the design, manufacture, assembly or installation of the flight information cabinets, known as Multiple User Flight Information Displays (MUFIDS).”

No member or employee of the Airport Authority had any knowledge of stability concerns about the freestanding units. The Airport Authority also had no knowledge of any safety issues with the units.

The statement indicates that Brasfield & Gorrie worked with the Airport Authority through a construction contract that included only the work required to provide and install the MUFID units. However, they did not design the units.

According to the report, the design work for Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport’s modernization project was conducted by the KPS Group through a completely separate contract with the Airport Authority.

The units were built by Fish Construction, a subcontractor for Brasfield & Gorrie based out of Stafford, Texas. The report says the MUFID units were then scheduled to be installed by Monumental Contracting, a subcontractor of Fish Construction based out of Birmingham.

When the installation began, Fish Construction and Monumental Contracting discussed the stability of the MUFID units and sought advice from the KPS Group.

Brasfield & Gorrie were copied in some of the communication records, but not all of them. The report says that according to the information available to Brasfield & Gorrie, “it does not appear there was a definitive engineered enhancement reached to address the stability concerns.”

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