The chairman of the Indiana State Fair Commission says the board will look to make changes based on a report released by the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration or IOSHA on last year’s stage collapse.
IOSHA’s report criticized the Fair Commission for being unprepared to deal with the accident and being slow to respond. The labor agency fined the commission $6,300 for, in its words, serious violations.
Commission Chairman Andre Lacy says his organization is carefully reviewing the report and the fine has already been paid.
“And I really want to underscore that word learn,” he says. “We really care very sincerely and genuinely to learn and profit and be better.”
The Commission has asked for a conference with IOSHA to discuss what the Fair can do to improve its safety conditions. Lacy says the Commission has independently undertaken changes already.
“We created a new emergency management officer position to assist with improving the emergency action plans and we completed emergency evacuation training for all of our employees,” he says.
Two independent firms are still working on their investigations of the stage collapse.