IOSHA, Mid-America reach deal on state fair stage collapse

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The company that owned the stage involved in the deadly 2011 Indiana State Fair rigging collapse has agreed to pay a $50,000 fine for safety violations.

The Indiana Department of Labor says Mid-America Sound Corp. of Greenfield also has agreed to prepare a safety plan for future stage projects and provide additional training for employees.

Seven people were fatally injured when high winds toppled stage rigging and a stage roof onto fans awaiting the start of a concert by the country duo Sugarland. The collapse injured more than 40 other people.

State Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble says the agreement requires extensive safety improvements for construction of temporary structures and is a positive outcome for all involved.

A spokeswoman for Mid-America Sound didn’t have an immediate comment. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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