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OSHA Issues Citations, Fines For Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

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 in high winds that killed seven people Aug. 13. A crowd had gathered at the stage to see the country duo Sugarland perform.

The department issued a $63,000 fine against the company.

It is also citing the Indiana State Fair Commission and a stagehands union for safety regulation violations.

Officials say the commission failed to conduct proper safety evaluations of its concert venues. Smaller fines were issued against the fair and the union.

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Employers and OSHA

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Employers and OSHA
If you’ve been working for any amount of time chances are you’ve heard of OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration). You might be in an industry with strict safety codes, or you may have heard a co-worker jokingly invoke OSHA when moving a chair out of a walkway. But if you are an employer, OSHA regulations are no joke. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration takes worker safety very seriously and employers are expected to do the same. But as an employer, how do you know what’s the right thing to do? What about all that paperwork? And just when you think you’ve go it down, a new administration comes in and the rules just might change. Join us on Tuesday when we take a look at OSHA. And call us with your questions.

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OSHA Report On Arena Mishap Expected Soon

A state Occupational Health and Safety Administration report on last month’s floor collapse at the new Louisville arena site could be issued this week.

Three workers were injured on April 27 when a section of concrete floor gave way.

An investigation by the arena’s construction manager blamed human error for the collapse.

Arena Authority Chairman Jim Host says he doesn’t expect any surprises in OSHA’s findings.

“But I suspect that now that we’ve laid everything out it should help them in terms of their report as well. I can’t see based upon the unvarnished truth of everything that we laid out, I can’t see anything that they can find that hasn’t already been found. Maybe they will and if they do we’ll correct it”, Host said last week.

An investigation by the construction manager concluded that a subcontractor failed to properly shore up the area of floor that collapsed.

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New OSHA Oversight Set For Arena

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has signed a new oversight agreement for the Louisville downtown arena. OSHA will forgo random inspections and instead review the sight quarterly. The arena’s construction firm must in turn keep dedicated staff on site to monitor safety.

Bill Carey of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet helped organize the new agreement,  a concept that has been used on other large scale projects. He says many smaller projects don’t have similar agreements because they can’t afford the safety staff.

“It doesn’t really allow for shortcuts or going around something,” he says. “You really have to do it the right way, the correct way. It’s an investment, a financial investment as well as a time investment.”

If violations are found on the arena site, OSHA will stop construction instead of issuing a fine.