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Deadly Berkeley balcony collapse prompts code changes

from Engineering News-Record

The city of Berkeley, California, has implemented a host of new construction ordinances intended to prevent future balcony collapses like the one that killed six young people and injured seven more June 16. According to a report released June 23 by city's Building and Safety staff, the structural collapse of the fourth-floor cantilevered balcony occurred because "the deck joist ends protruding from the exterior wall appeared to be severely dry-rotted." more


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