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Fatal balcony collapse prompts greater construction oversight

17 Sep 16 The governor of the US state of California has signed legislation to strengthen construction oversight following a fatal balcony collapse last year.

The balcony collapse killed five Irish students and one Irish-American student.

The legislation is intended to help increase transparency and bolster oversight of construction contractors. “This bill is an important step toward preventing another tragedy,” said governor Edmund Brown, who was joined for the signing by Irish government officials and family of the people who died.

The legislation, SB 465, is designed to help ensure regulators have access to critical information about contractors, including any work-related criminal convictions. It also requires a working group to recommend potential statutory changes to the California Building Standards Code.

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