IOSHA, Mid America reach deal after Fair collapse

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A financial settlement has been reached between the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Mid American Sound Corp. after the deadly Indiana State Fair stage rigging collapse in 2011.

Under the deal, Mid America Sound Corp. will make four payments totaling $50,000. The fee is less than the amount originally levied at Mid America by IOSHA.

The company will also have extra training for employees and has created a safety operations management plan for any stage structures they create in the future.

Mid America released a statement that read, in part, “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.”

The collapse happened ahead of a Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Seven people died and dozens of others were injured when the stage rigging fell onto the audience as a storm moved into Indianapolis. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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