SACRAMENTO - On November 29, 2016, the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB) filed a formal accusation to suspend or revoke the license of Segue Construction, Inc. (#638854), the general contractor in the building of an apartment complex in Berkeley where a balcony collapsed on June 16, 2015. The collapse killed six people and seriously injured seven others.
“CSLB enforcement representatives work year-round enforcing codes and regulations in an effort to prevent such construction related tragedies and investigate the cause of those that do happen,” said California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) President Alan Barcelona. “The very important work that CSLB enforcement does sometimes goes unnoticed by the public even though their work contributes greatly to the safety of all of us.”
The CSLB Accusation involving the Berkeley balcony collapse case, alleges that Segue willfully departed from or disregarded building plans or specifications, and willfully departed from accepted trade standards for good and workmanlike construction. The Accusation alleges design and load analysis of the balcony established that if the balcony had been built as designed, the imposed load of the 13 students was well within the design limits of the balcony structure. The Accusation also alleges that it was the decay of the joists that caused the balcony to collapse.