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Westfield High School Stage Collapse - Cause Revealed

Steve Wagner

Do you remember the Westfield High School Stage Collapse that happened in April and injured 17 students in the process? The investigation has concluded now, and police reports are showing that the stage lacked a proper support system.

Back in January, the original pit cover to the stage had been removed, and an employee of the school bought materials for, and built a new cover based on his own design. With the installation of the new cover, metal supports were left out underneath the structure. In addition to that, the header beam wasn’t properly secured to the stage.

When the weight and pressure from the dancing that happened during the show, the structure gave way and collapsed underneath the students.

The school superintendent said it wasn’t any of the maintenance staff who built the stage, but that it was a part-time employee who was the director of the auditorium, and was responsible for renting out the space. The school is still investigating why this project was given approval and why the stage build was not supervised more closely.

Our thoughts are still with the students who were injured in this horrific accident, as well as their families and friends at the school.

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