State, co. reach State Fair collapse agreement

INDIANAPOLIS - State officials and an event production company have reached an agreement to settle a safety order issued after the deadly stage rigging collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) announced Monday that Greenfield-based Mid-America Sound Corporation will pay $50,000 in fines in four installments.

READ: Full IOSHA/Mid-America agreement

Seven people were killed and dozens more were injured when high winds blew the stage rigging down on a crowd waiting for a Sugarland performance on Aug. 13, 2011.
Mid-America owned the roof and rigging used to hold the lights and sound equipment that crashed onto the stage and crowd.
State Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble said in a statement that the agreement was "a positive outcome for everyone involved" that would "create a safer workplace for Indiana event production workers."
Mid-America Sound attorney Michael Moon said in a statement that the company "made no admission of any wrongdoing by entering into the settlement.
"Mid-America believed that it was important to move forward in a cooperative effort with IOSHA and to avoid the costs and expenses of further litigation," the statement said.

The company has also conducted additional safety training and developed new safety procedures as part of the agreement.

The original proposed fine for Mid-America was $63,000.


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