Stage Company, IOSHA Reach Fine Agreement For 2011 Collapse
(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.”