Reports Find Causes For Indiana State Fair August Stage Collapse

by fst | April 18th, 2012

April 18, 2012

Reports from two separate firms hired to investigate the August 13 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds site have been released. According to WTHITV 10 News, both reports found that the structural integrity of the stage was inadequate for the conditions that evening.

The reports said the stage was built to withstand wind gusts of 25 to 43 mph. Scott Nacheman, vice president for engineering company Thornton Tomasetti, stated that experts estimated that a maximum wind gust of 59 mph was experienced the night the stage and the rigging above it collapsed.

The results of the report have prompted lawmakers in the state to consider enacting regulations to help prevent similar accidents from occurring in the future. Some of the changes being considered are:

  • Implementing the recommendations from the two firm’s reports, from code compliance and inspections to comprehensive public safety plans in conjunction with community public-safety partners.
  • Hire a chief operations officer to oversee the day-to-day initiatives to put the recommendations into place.
  • Establish a risk assessment practice and expectations that will be set and monitored by the commission.
  • Use the IOSHA report to further the protection of employees.

The Indiana Long Term Disability Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin hope that the findings and the work by state legislators prevent similar accidents in the future and bring closure to the victims and their families who have been affected by this accident.

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