Mid-America Sound, IOSHA agree on settlement in State Fair stage collapse

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INDIANAPOLIS (March 31, 2014) – Mid-America Sound Corporation agreed to pay a $50,000 fine following the August 2011 stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.

The settlement came as a result of an investigation by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA). IOSHA cited Mid-America for several safety violations in February 2012 after a temporary stage fell at the Indiana State Fair, killing seven people and injuring dozens more. The crowd was waiting for a Sugarland concert to start when strong winds blew over the stage rigging.

As part of the agreement, Mid-America conducted a comprehensive temporary roof structures training course of designated employees. The company also prepared a safety operations management plan for future events. Additionally, employees attended a comprehensive five-day safety training course conducted by an outside organization on the erection of temporary roof structures. Mid-America pledged to provide similar safety training for other employees hired for such jobs.

The company will pay its $50,000 fine in four installments of $12,500, IOSHA said. The agency had originally proposed a $63,000 fine.

“It is stipulated by and between the parties that this order and the terms and conditions set forth herein are not intended to be, and shall not be construed by anyone as an admission of any wrondoing whatsoever by Mid-America Sound Corporation,” the agreement said in part. The agreement was made “in order to compromise and settle this matter economically and amicably.”

Michael Moon, the attorney for Mid-America issued the following statement about the agreement:

On March 20, 2014, Mid-America Sound Corporation and the Department of Labor entered into an Agreed Entry resolving litigation that resulted from IOSHA’s citations issued to Mid-America following the events of August 13, 2011 at the Indiana State Fair. While Mid-America contested the appropriateness of the citations and 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.

Read the settlement here

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