By Ruth Davenport - Metro Halifax
DARTMOUTH - An HRM spokesperson says the deck that collapsed in Dartmouth, injuring 15 people, was inspected at the time that the home was constructed.
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People were back at the scene of deck collapse Sunday on Green Village Lane in Dartmouth.
“They would have inspected the buildings on the street and their decks, and they would have passed inspection 10 years ago,” said Janet Bryson Monday.
The deck fell about 12 feet to the backyard of a home on Green Village Lane around 1:30 a.m. Sunday. Four of the victims suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.
Bryson said new construction is inspected by HRM officials to ensure compliance with municipal bylaws, which work “in conjunction with” the provincial building code.
Alterations to or replacement of an existing deck would be inspected only if the homeowner had applied for the proper permits.
“If my deck was old, I replaced my deck, I’m supposed to get a permit through the city and there’s two times they come and inspect,” said Bryson.
Structures that are inspected are subject to the building code of the day. The provincial code has been updated at least once in the last 10 years.
“If people have questions about the decks on their own home, they should really contact a professional home inspector, an engineer, a private contractor, that kind of thing,” said Bryson.
A police spokesperson said the investigation is proceeding as a criminal negligence case.
“At this point, it’s going to be police-led, but we will have to bring people that have the knowledge and expertise in construction and the building code and so on,” said Const. Pierre Bourdages.