State report blames construction company for deadly state fair stage collapse

The State Labor Department says the company that built the state fair stage ahead of last summer’s deadly collapse is responsible for its collapse.  A report out today says Mid-America Sound Corporation wasn’t qualified to perform the stage construction and did not properly secure stage structures.  The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the company sixty-three thousand dollars.   A stagehands’ union and the Indiana State Fair Commission have also been issued fines for safety violations.  The union was required to pay eleven thousand dollars for three violations.  The commission was given a six-thousand dollar fine for failing to create a safe space.  An independent investigation is still being conducted on the August stage collapse, which killed seven people and injured dozens.  Mid-America Sound Corporation officials say in a statement that they warned the commission their structures should not be used when wind speeds exceeded 25 miles an hour.  Company officials say they told fair staff the evening of the collapse that the stage area should be evacuated if winds reached over 40 miles an hour.

Indiana Public Broadcasting and the Associated Press contributed to this story.

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