Contractor’s licenses suspended after Heart Cry Church roof collapse

The Arizona Registrar of Contractors on Oct. 14 ordered a summary suspension of the contracting licenses issued to Harte Contracting Services LLC after beginning to investigate the potential of the licensee’s role in the Oct. 4 partial collapse of a Queen Creek church, according to a press release from the AZ ROC.

News reports had emerged that a portion of a roof collapsed at Heart Cry Church, in Queen Creek, injuring seven workers with two of those seven experiencing serious injuries.

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Harte Contracting Services serves as the general commercial contractor constructing the new church building at 9339 W. Hunt Highway. On Wednesday, Oct. 12, AZ ROC learned the framing of the commercial structure was subcontracted to an unlicensed entity by Harte Contracting.

The summary suspension order alleges seven additional violations including knowingly contracting beyond the scope of the license of the license.

“This investigation is still in the preliminary stages but from what we’ve already learned, this contractor hired an unlicensed entity to frame a 21,000-square-foot structure and that structure collapsed injuring workers,” AZ ROC Director Jeff Fleetham said in the release. “It is our duty to ensure Arizona’s contracting licensees work within standards and the law and when we find a licensed contractor aiding and abetting unlicensed entities and placing the public’s safety at risk, we are going to act quickly to remove their ability to contract in the state.”

The registrar first issued Harte Contracting a CR-61-Carpentry, Remodeling and Repair license in February 2014, and recently the company applied for and was issued a KB-1-Dual Building contractor license. The KB-1 license was used to contract-for building the church but both licenses are suspended at this time, according to the release.

The investigation in the matter is ongoing. Summary suspensions require the agency provide a prompt hearing and one has been scheduled for 1 p.m. Oct. 24 at the Arizona Office of Administrative Hearings, 1400 W. Washington St. in Phoenix, according to the release.

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