Contractors State License Board Releases Materials from Berkeley Balcony Collapse Investigation
Materials specifically address design and construction of apartment complex balcony
SACRAMENTO – The California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) has released 145 pages of materials from the experts’ reports from the CSLB’s investigation of a June 16, 2015, balcony collapse in Berkeley.
The materials address the design and construction of the balcony that failed, killing six people and seriously injuring seven others.
CSLB was one of multiple agencies involved in the subsequent investigation of the incident. CSLB’s responsibility was to try to determine whether any violations of the Contractors State License Law had occurred.
The investigation led to the filing of an Accusation against the contractor’s license of Segue Construction, Inc., the general contractor responsible for building the apartment complex. The Accusation alleged that Segue Construction Inc. willfully departed from or disregarded building plans or specifications, and willfully departed from accepted trade standards for good and workmanlike construction. Segue Construction Inc. and CSLB entered into a settlement agreement that revoked Segue Construction Inc.’s license, effective May 19, 2017 (Press Release).
With the investigation and administrative action now complete, the industry expert reports and data from the investigation have been provided to the California Building Standards Commission’s Exterior Elevated Element Working Group for its work pursuant to SB 465 (Chapter 372, Statutes of 2016). “We hope that the work of the experts involved in this investigation will assist those who are considering the need for updating building codes or standards,” said CSLB Registrar David Fogt.
CSLB operates under the umbrella of the California Department of Consumer Affairs, licensing and regulating more than 282,000 contractors in California.
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