Stage Builder Cited, Fined $63K in Indiana Collapse

Mid-America Sound Corp. showed "plain indifference" to safety standards
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 8, 2012 12:53 PM CST
Stage Builder Cited, Fined $63K in Indiana Collapse
In this Aug. 13, 2011 file photo, the overhead stage rigging collapses into the crowd in front of the stage at the Hoosier Lottery Grandstand at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis.   (AP Photo/The Indianapolis Star, Matt Kryger, File)

(Newser) – The company that built the stage ahead of last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse showed "plain indifference" to safety standards, according to the state Labor Department. Mid-America Sound Corp. has been cited with three major safety violations in connection with the Aug. 13 collapse that killed seven and left 58 injured. "The evidence demonstrated that the Mid-America Sound Corp. was aware of the appropriate requirements and demonstrated a plain indifference to complying with those requirements," an official told reporters at the release of an Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration report on the collapse.

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The department issued a $63,000 fine against the company. It is also citing the Indiana State Fair Commission, which officials say failed to conduct proper safety evaluations of its concert venues, and a stagehands union for safety regulation violations. The official noted that the OSHA report investigated workplace violations but was not aimed at determining what caused the collapse. Click for more on the tragedy. (Read more Indiana stories.)

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