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A temporary stage built at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway failed an inspection from the state forcing track officials to find a new stage just days before the race.
State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson says the stage builder was unable to provide any documentation giving the specifications of the stage‘s engineering wind and weight load. Greeson says once track officials realized that without the paperwork the stage would not be inspected or certified for compliance, they worked to get a new stage that met state standards and had te documentation to prove it.
“They acted very quickly to, you know, respond to what we needed, and of course they are very safety concious out there and they want to do everything the right way so it was a very good reaction from them,” he says.
Although the state recently passed new standards for temporary stages and rigging, Greeson says the stagestill would have had a problem because stages have always had regulations to follow. The new standards include rigging and equipment attached to the stage. The new standards were the result of last year‘s stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.