Five firms cited in connection with last year’s fatal Berkeley balcony collapse

Five firms cited in connection with last year’s fatal Berkeley balcony collapse

Five companies have been cited by California regulators in connection with last year’s Berkeley apartment balcony collapse that killed six college students and left many others severely injured, authorities confirmed.

The California State Contractor’s Licensing Board cited the general contractor on the Library Gardens project, the subcontractors that performed tasks like framing, plastering and waterproofing work in the construction of the Berkeley apartment building. A supplier of ventilation equipment has also been implicated in the case.

The Board concluded that the five firms involved in the construction of the apartment building did inferior work that caused the deadly collapse. An investigation revealed that poor workmanship allowed water to seep under the balcony’s concrete floor and rot the wooden beams that held the balcony up.

Enforcement Chief Dave Fogt said in statement, “They didn’t do the work to trade standards.”

The five companies are: general contractor Segue Construction, Etter and Sons Construction, North State Plastering, R. Brothers Waterproofing and The Energy Store of California in Sacramento.

The balcony collapse occurred in June last year killed six Irish citizens, who were in the U.S. to work in the San Francisco Bay Area for the summer. Seven others were left with serious injuries. They had gathered in the balcony for a late night birthday party.