Contractor in Yesterday's Sea Cliff Collapse Didn't Have Proper Permit

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Hector Robles, the worker yesterday buried to his neck in a collapse at a Sea Cliff construction mishap is alive and recovering after a four-hour extraction. But the contractor on the project now has some explaining to do, as, according to the city's Department of Building Inspection, he did not have the shoring permit required to perform the excavation in question.

Contractor Brian MacNamra has not returned SF Weekly's calls. Department of Building Inspection officials yesterday shut down the site and slapped it with a notice of violation. The job also received a "Hazardous Building" complaint.


The DBI permit describes the job at 38 West Clay Street in Sea Cliff as a "remodel & addition to garage. Addition of deck to garage roof, remodel of rear yard, addition of retaining wall & new exterior stairs." The cost of this job is listed as $500,000. Homeowner Nicholas David Samra's building permit is in order, despite the contractor's lack of permitting, according to the DBI.

The collapse is currently under investigation by both the DBI and the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA).

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