Berkeley balcony collapse contracting company loses its license
Segue Construction, the contracting company that built the apartment block where a balcony collapse killed five Irish students and one Irish-American student, has lost its license.
The California Contractors State Licence Board announced on Friday that the measure would prevent Segue Construction from reapplying for a contracting license for another five years.
Segue's CEO and Responsible Managing Officer at the time of construction, Kirk Alan Wallis, has also agreed to pay $99,950 to the State License Board in order to cover their investigation fees before reapplying for a license.
RTÉ reported that Segue is accused of having "wilfully departed from or disregarded building plans or specifications, and wilfully departed from accepted trade standards for good and workmanlike construction in the building of the Berkeley apartment complex."
Specifically, the license board has argued that the plans for the balcony had called for pressure-treated joists to be used in the construction, and that the joists used were not pressure-treated.
Nick Schuster, Eoghan Culligan, Ashley Donoghue, Lorcán Miller, Eimear Walsh and Olivia Burke died in the balcony collapse. Seven more were seriously injured.
The families of those killed and injured are currently pursuing legal action in California against several defendants involved in the production and maintenance of the balcony.