IOSHA, union reach stage rigging collapse settlement

Union pledges to provide additional training

INDIANAPOLIS - State regulators and the local stage hands union have reached a settlement in the 2011 Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse that killed seven and injured dozens more.

Indiana Safety and Health Administration levied a fine of $11,500 against the International Association of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 30 following the IOSHA investigation.

As part of the agreement reached Tuesday, IATSE will provide fall protection and hazard identification training for all members by March 2014, and it will include the training in its apprenticeship program starting in January 2014.

The union will not have to pay the fine.

"This agreement creates a safer and more protected workplace for Indiana workers in the theater and stage business," Labor Commissioner Sean Keefer said in a news release. "This agreement creates a positive outcome for everyone involved."

Read the agreement here: www.in.gov/dol/ioshasafetyorders.htm

State regulators are still reviewing the appeal from Greenfield-based Mid America Sound, which was fined $63,000 related to the collapse.

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