The collapse of a deck at a California ecological reserve in October 2013 has led to payments of more than $2.5 million to the birders who had packed the structure before it failed.
According to an article in a Chico, Calif., newspaper, engineers who inspected the Henning House at the Big Chico Creek Ecological Reserve in the wake of the accident found major flaws in the building. Fourteen people have collected the payments, with one woman settling for $1.9 million. The lowest settlement was for $2,455.
Among the problems inspectors found were water damage to some support beams, insufficient wood-to-soil clearances, and guardrails that didn't meet code.