Figure 1 – The Stone Basyx warehouse in Charlotte, North Carolina following the death of “Al” Abedi-Aslon on September 20, 2019. Photo credit: www.WSOCTV.com.
On September 20, 2019, Behzad “Al” Abedi-Asl, then aged 63, was shopping with his wife, Angela, at Stone Basyx warehouse. Inside the warehouse were racks holding 1,000-pound slabs of stone. Unfortunately, the stone slabs shifted and at least 10 of the slabs fell “in a domino fashion” on top of Mr. Abdi-Asl. He died shortly after from the injuries he sustained as a result of the stones falling on him. His wife was at his side at the time; she filed suit.
Mr. and Mrs. Abdi-Asl had been shopping for granite or marble for a house they were building. According to the petition, the racks holding the slabs had been built by CNS Fabrication, who was included along with Stone Basyx in the lawsuit. It accused both companies of negligence, gross negligence, and negligent infliction of emotional distress, among other claims. The lawsuit alleged that Stone Basyx failed to properly assemble or install the racks, which were then overstocked with slabs that exceeded the equipment’s 13,000-pound capacity. Stone Basyx also failed to warn customers of the potential danger. The lawsuit further claimed CNS of shipping the unassembled racks without an owner’s manual, or proper instructions about weight-bearing limits and loading.
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