Stage Company, IOSHA Reach Fine Agreement For 2011 Collapse

Posted On April 01, 2014
Seven people died in the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair on August 13, 2011.

Seven people died in the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair on August 13, 2011.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The company that installed the stage and rigging that collapsed at the Indiana State Fair in 2011 is agreeing to a $50,000 fine.

Seven people died and dozens more were injured when strong winds caused the stage to crash into the crowd awaiting a concert by county music group Sugarland that August 13.

The settlement between the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mid-America Sound Corporation was announced on Monday. IOSHA has originally sought a $63,000 fine against the company.

As part of the deal, Mid-America conducted comprehensive safety training related to stage and roof structures, and will do so for all future employees. The company must also prepare a safety operations management plan for future events.

Part of the agreement stated that it should not be construed as an admission of any wrongdoing by Mid-America Sound Corporation.

Michael Moon, the attorney for Mid-America issued a statement concerning the IOSHA settlement:

“On March 20, 2014, Mid-America Sound Corporation and the Department of Labor entered into an Agreed Entry resolving litigation that resulted from IOSHA’s citations issued to Mid-America following the events of August 13, 2011 at the Indiana State Fair. While Mid-America contested the appropriateness of the citations and made no admission of any wrongdoing by entering into the settlement, Mid-America believed that it was important to move forward in a cooperative effort with IOSHA and to avoid the costs and expenses of further litigation.”