Daniels: Changes Planned in Response to Stage Collapse

by Rick Howlett on April 17, 2012

From the Associated Press

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels is outlining a handful of changes the state is taking following last year’s deadly state fair stage collapse.

Daniels says he has ordered the state Department of Homeland Security to begin reviewing temporary outdoor structures like the stage rigging that collapsed Aug. 13.

He also said firings at the state fair commission could be a part of an overhaul he’s now considering. He did not say whether that included State Fair director Cindy Hoye.

An independent investigation released last week found the state fair had no clear chain of command for deciding when to evacuate fans. A separate probe found that the rigging which killed seven people and injured close to 60 people was not built to withstand the 59-mph winds that knocked it down.

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Sugarland To Testify Next Week In Stage Collapse Suits

by Rick Howlett April 4, 2012

From the Associated Press Members of the country duo Sugarland will give video depositions from West Virginia next week in lawsuits over the Indiana State Fair stage collapse that killed seven people and injured dozens of others. Sugarland members Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush will testify April 12 and 13 from Charleston, West Virginia. The […]

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Sugarland Lawyers: Fans’ Inaction Led To State Fair Injuries

by Rick Howlett February 21, 2012

From the Associated Press: Attorneys for the country duo Sugarland say the injuries fans suffered in a deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair were “their own fault.” Sugarland’s attorneys say some or all of the injuries happened because fans failed to take steps to ensure their own safety before high winds toppled stage […]

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OSHA Issues Citations, Fines For Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

by Rick Howlett February 8, 2012

From the Associated Press: The Indiana Labor Department says the company that built the stage ahead of last summer’s deadly state fair collapse showed “plain indifference” to safety standards. Commissioner Lori Torres said today that Mid-America Sound Corporation has been cited with three major safety violations in connection with the collapse of outdoor stage rigging […]

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Stage Collapse Report To Be Released Wednesday

by Rick Howlett February 6, 2012

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 […]

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Nearly All Stage Collapse Claimants Accept Indiana Settlement Offers

by Rick Howlett December 15, 2011

The Indiana Attorney General’s office says all but two of the claimants from last summer’s state fair stage collapse will accept settlement offers from the state. Spokesman Bryan Corbin says 63 claimants have confirmed they’ll accept the offers, including the estates of seven people killed in the August 13 incident just prior to a Sugarland […]

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Payment Offers Made To Indiana Stage Collapse Victims, Families

by Rick Howlett December 6, 2011

From the Associated Press Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller is offering payments of $300,000 to the families of the seven people who died after a stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair, with more available for those who were hospitalized for days before their deaths. Zoeller says the rest of the money from the state’s […]

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