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Investigation Results in Fines for Indiana State Fair Accident

Steve Reese

Six months after the tragic stage collapse during the Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair, a state investigation by IOSHA has determined that the company which built the stage disregarded safety standards and regulations. The collapse injured dozens and killed seven people, including two workers, security guard Glenn Goodrich and stagehand Nathan Byrd.

In connection with the deaths of the two workers, IOSHA fined Mid America Sound Corp., the Indiana State Fair Commission, and the IATSE Local 30 stagehands union. Mid-America Sound Corp. was fined $63,000 for three violations of industry standards regarding the use of temporary structures at outdoor events, while the Indiana State Fair Commission was fined $6,300 for failing to meet safety measures and precautions for severe weather. The IATSE Local 30 stagehands union was fined $11,500 for violating protection and training standards as well as not maintaining the required records. Mid-America Sound Corp. and the IATSE Local 30 stagehands union both contest the findings and violations.

In the US, twelve workers are killed on the job every day in tragic accidents such as what occurred at the Indiana State Fair in August. Violations of industry regulations and sometimes blatant disregard to safety precautions put workers at risk and can cause have a disastrous outcome for their families. If your family has been affected by an industrial or workplace accident, you should contact an experienced work injury attorney to understand your rights. You may be entitled to Worker’s Compensation benefits or Worker’s Compensation death benefits.

The skilled work injury lawyers at Wagner Reese are knowledgeable in Worker’s Compensation and work injury law. They offer over 60 years of combined experience and can schedule a free initial consultations to help you get the benefits you and your family deserve if you were a victim of the State Fair accident. Call us today at (888) 204-8440.

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