State Fair Commission Considers Changes To Safety Policies

After a report said the Indiana State Fair Commission was unprepared on the night of the stage collapse, the commission is reviewing its safety standards.

State Fair Wreckage

Photo: Bill Shaw/Indiana Public Media News

The recently released report cited several groups in the August stage collapse.

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.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

View all posts by this author »

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

Search News

Stay Connected

RSS e-mail itunes Facebook Twitter Flickr YouTube

Follow us on Twitter

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Indiana Public Media News:

Recent Politics Stories

Recent Videos

Find Us on Facebook