Berkeley balcony contractor loses licence

The company was accused of "wilfully departing from trade standards"

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File photo shows the scene of the balcony collapse in Berkeley. Image: Noah Berger / AP/Press Association Images

An American company responsible for building the Berkeley apartment block where six Irish students died in a balcony collapse has lost its licence.

Seque Construction was accused of "willfully departing from trade standards" and "willfully disregarding building plans" in the construction of the Library Gardens apartment complex.

The California Contractors State Licence Board said it had reached a stipulated settlement with the company to revoke its licence. Management will have to reimburse the board for its investigative costs - just under $115,000.

The company is also unable to apply for a licence for five years.

Two years on

In June 2015, a fourth-floor balcony collapsed at the property killing six people and injuring seven others. 

Irish students Eoghan Culligan, Niccolai Schuster, Loran Miller, Eimear Walsh, Olivia Burke and Olivia's Irish-American cousin Ashley Donohoe all died in the collapse.

 

L-R: Eoghan Culligan, Eimear Walsh, Niccolai Schuster, Ashley Donohoe, Loran Miller and Olivia Burke