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6.5K Hurt in Deck Collapses Since 2003

Dry rot is the usual culprit

(Newser) - An estimated 6,500 people have been rushed to emergency rooms with injuries from collapsing balconies, while 29—including six college students in Berkeley this week—have been killed since 2003. One reason, experts say, is balconies are particularly vulnerable to dry rot. "It's all about creating a... More »

Berkeley Complex Builder Paid $6.5M in Balcony Suits

And Segue Construction has one lawsuit that's still being litigated

(Newser) - A spokesman for the Bay Area contractor that built the Berkeley apartments where a balcony collapsed Tuesday , killing six, says the company has "a very good reputation" and has "never had an incident like this before," but a series of recent lawsuits suggests otherwise, the San Francisco ... More »

Dry Rot Blamed for Balcony Disaster

Wood in 8-year-old building was crumbling away

(Newser) - In what should be a wake-up call for property owners, investigators believe the horrific balcony accident that killed six young people and injured seven in Berkeley, Calif., yesterday was caused by a "classic case of dry rot"—even though the building was less than 10 years old. A... More »

4 Seriously Injured in London Theater Collapse

Dozens more at Apollo suffer less serious injuries

(Newser) - Scary reports out of London say part of the ceiling collapsed at the Apollo Theatre during a live performance. Details are still firming up, but the BBC has an estimate of four people seriously injured and another 80 or so with less serious injuries. The good news is that police... More »

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