CSLB Nearing Completion of its Investigation of Contractors Involved in Berkeley Balcony Collapse
Investigation focuses on workmanship issues including whether architectural plans were followed
SACRAMENTO – The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) continues its investigation of five construction companies involved in the building of an apartment complex in Berkeley where a balcony collapsed on June 16, 2015, killing six students and seriously injuring seven others.
The nine-month investigation is nearing completion, with a determination if administrative actions will be recommended against the five licensed contractors involved in the building’s construction expected shortly.
“The main questions we’re trying to answer are if the various contractors involved followed the architectural plans for the balcony, including the use of the proper building materials, and whether workmanship standards were followed.” said David Fogt, CSLB’s Chief of Enforcement. “If not, it’s a clear violation of the law (Business & Professions Code section 7109).
If CSLB’s investigation determines the licenses should be revoked, cases will be submitted to the California Attorney General’s Office, which will prosecute the cases in the state’s administrative court.
The Contractors State License Board operates under the umbrella of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. CSLB licenses and regulates almost 290,000 contractors in California, and is regarded as one of the leading consumer protection agencies in the United States. In fiscal year 2014-15, CSLB helped recover nearly $68 million in ordered restitution for consumers.
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