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Home inspections and building permits keep decks safe

Following a balcony collapse in St. Denis, Saskatoon Morning host Leisha Grebinski spoke with Jim Nichols, a Regina-based building inspector, about how to make sure your deck is safe.

Building inspector says faulty construction likely to blame for deck collapse in St. Denis

25 people were standing on this deck in St. Denis when it collapsed Friday night. (Radio-Canada)

A Regina-based building inspector said that faulty construction is likely to blame for the collapse of the house deck last weekend in St. Denis, Sask. that sent six people to hospital. 

Jim Nichols told host of Saskatoon Morning Leisha Grebinski that something must have got missed during inspection. 
The owners of the deck say they were hosting a housewarming party at their new home in St. Denis when the structure collapsed. (Radio-Canada)

"There are supposed to be inspections that take place during the construction," he said. "Those are the reasons why we have to get permits for our platforms and our decks."

Nichols also has a warning about do-it-yourself deck projects. He advised homeowners to get a building permit so the structure will be inspected and any faulty construction will hopefully be caught.

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