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New Outdoor Stage Rules In Place

Posted On May 03, 2012

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – You won’t be able to get close enough to the stage to slap the hands of musicians any longer at outdoor shows in Indiana. 

 

The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission approved new rules for temporary stages Wednesday, going into effect Thursday through January 2014.

 

The move was prompted by last year’s Indiana State Fair stage collapse. 

 

Seven people were killed and several dozen were hurt when the stage rigging was blown over by high winds at the State Fair in August.   The incident happened right before the country band Sugarland was to perform.

 

Under the new rules, temporary rigging will have to be designed by an engineer to meet tougher standards and must be inspected by the state fire marshal’s office. Plans for the stages must be submitted to the office no less than 14 days before the event.

 

A person must also be assigned to oversee the safe dismantling of the stage and crowd evacuation in the event of severe weather.

 

Smaller stages often seen at county fairs and town festivals won’t be subject to the same stringent requirements, but there are new safeguards. Stages which have an overhead rigging less than 20 feet tall may be exempt if there is a buffer zone around the stage extending eight feet beyond the height of the rigging so that any collapse would fall short of landing in a crowd.

 

The new rules can be reviewed on the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s website, http://www.in.gov/dhs/3759.htm.

 

LINKS:

 

Nettles Gives State Fair Deposition

 

Reports Position Blame For Stage Collapse

 

Sugarland Singer To Give Deposition In April

 

House Approves Regulating Stage Equipment

 

Sugarland Points Finger In Stage Collapse Suit

 

Fines Doled Out For Safety Violations At State Fair

 

State Fair Stage Collapse Report To Be Released

 

64 Claimants Accept State’s Stage Collapse Offer

 

Sugarland Named In New Stage Collapse Lawsuit

 

90 Tort Claims Filed From Stage Collapse

 

Sugarland’s State Fair Benefit Concert Fri.

 

Sugarland To Play Memorial Concert In Indy

 

Documents: Fair Had Vague Evacuation Plan

 

Sugarland Named In Four Lawsuits

 

“Tough Decision” To Make In Stage Compensation

 

State Wants Stage Collapse Lawsuit Dismissed

 

Class Action Lawsuit Filed Over Stage Disaster

 

Another Lawsuit Possible In Stage Collapse

 

9 Days Later, Seventh Stage Victim Dies

 

Injuries Claim Life of Sixth Stage Collapse Victim