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Stage Collapse Report To Be Released Wednesday

From the Associated Press:

Indiana regulators will release a report Wednesday on their investigation into August’s deadly stage rigging collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

The state Department of Labor said today that the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s findings will be released during a Wednesday morning briefing at the Statehouse.

The briefing will include an outline of IOSHA’s findings and the announcement of any safety orders issued as a result of its probe.

Seven people died and 58 were injured after the stage rigging collapsed Aug. 13 during high winds at the state fairgrounds.

Two out-of-state companies hired by the state are also reviewing the collapse and the state’s emergency response to the disaster.

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Hearing Set For Dispute In Stage Collapse Probe

A hearing is scheduled tomorrow in Indianapolis regarding the investigation into the collapse of stage rigging at the Indiana State Fair that killed seven people.

A stagehands union local is contesting a search warrant obtained by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration to search for records at the union hall.

Investigators say they want to review training and employment records because one union member was killed and at least nine others were injured in the collapse

Union leaders say Indiana OSHA has no jurisdiction over the hall because it’s not a work site and the stagehands were hired by the Indiana State Fair Commission.

A judge last week issued a stay of the search and scheduled Wednesday’s hearing.

The stage rigging collapsed August 13 in a gust of wind just before the country duo Sugarland was scheduled to perform.

Workers have begun removing the wreckage to a warehouse for inspection.