Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse

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.

Sugarland Stage Collapse No Fluke

by fst | August 17th, 2011

August 16, 2011

Dark clouds loomed over a brightly lit outdoor stage last Saturday night moments before the country band, Sugarland, were set to perform. Tragically, just before the concert began, a large gust of wind preceding a wave of bad weather caused the stage to collapse, killing five people and injuring dozens more. Now experts say the tragedy was no “fluke,” as Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels referred to it.

In an article released by MSNBC in conjunction with weather.com, experts say the tragedy could have been avoided if concert officials had heeded early warnings of the severe weather. Inclement weather was reported in forecasts as early as Thursday, and high winds and large hail were discussed in detail in early Saturday forecasts. Just before 6:00 PM, a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for all of central Indiana, calling for lightning, hail, and wind gusts of up to 70 MPH. At 8:39 PM, 10 minutes before the stage’s collapse, a severe thunderstorm warning was issued for the fairground area–promoters were given ample time to move the crowd from the area to a safe, sheltered location.

No other fairgrounds structures or rides were damaged by the storm, which also raises questions of the structural integrity of the stage itself.

Property owners or those responsible for events like Saturday’s tragedy are often held accountable for injuries on their property, as they are in charge of keeping the area safe for all in attendance. If you have been injured at no fault of your own, contact the Indiana Personal Injury Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin. They may be able to help you collect compensation for you injuries and losses