In 2013, the Bresette family took a Spring Break trip to Destin, Florida, with their five children. During their journey home a display sign in Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport toppled over, injuring several family members and killing their 10-year-old son, Luke.
After this tragedy, the Bresettes hired Tim Dollar to help assign responsibility for the tragedy. On September 4, 2014, the Bresettes reached a settlement agreement with those involved.
One of the parties named partly responsible, Brasfield & Gorrie, the general contractor of the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport, created “Luke’s Look” in 2016. It’s a program that aims to improve construction safety practices on their projects. The program honors Luke’s memory, by helping prevent another tragedy.
From their safety manual, “Luke’s Look was created to provide an additional opportunity to consider the safety of our clients and the general public during the construction life cycle of the project. It is not meant to replace any design, engineering, layout, or other safety considerations or inspections that are part of characteristic contract obligations.”
Luke’s Look empowers employees, subcontractors and anyone who works on a job to speak up about anything they see or hear that doesn’t measure up to the highest safety standards. Its motto: “You See It, You Own It, You Share It.”
Brasfield & Gorrie created a powerful and inspiring video about Luke’s Look that is shown during planning sessions for new projects.
Brasfield & Gorrie’s managing partner and attorney shared in a letter to our attorneys, “There has been a tremendous amount of training throughout the company to highlight and emphasize the importance of this program for everyone at Brasfield & Gorrie, as well as other contractors and members of the public who will most assuredly benefit from safer construction practices.”
One of the principals directly involved in these efforts recently said, “We can never fully appreciate what the family has been through. Our hope is that they know we haven’t, and never will, forget Luke.”
The managing partner of Brasfield & Gorrie added, “I believe this program to be a remarkable tribute to Luke and a heartfelt indication that his life stands for real change in making design and construction practices safer for everyone.”