State Fair Stage Owner Agrees To Safety Fine

Mid-America Sound Corporation has agreed to pay $50,000 in fines from the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

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A stage collapsed at the Indiana State Fair prior to a performance by the country music duo Sugarland.

The owner of the stage that collapsed at the Indiana State Fair almost three years ago has agreed to a safety fine settlement with the state.

Mid-America Sound Corporation is based in Greenfield and will pay fines totaling $50,000 to settle a penalty levied by the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration.

The fine is less than the original $63,000 penalty handed out by IOSHA and allows the company to make four installment payments of $12,500 each.

The collapse of the stage during a thunderstorm just before a Sugarland concert on August 13, 2011 killed seven people and sent dozens to hospitals. The settlement also forces the company to come up with a safety operations plan for future events and to provide additional safety training to its employees.

Mid-America Sound could still potentially be out millions of dollars depending on the outcome of lawsuits filed by the families who died in the stage collapse and other victims.

The state has already paid $11 million to the victims in two separate settlements, and earlier this month, a judge ruled that the state could not be held liable for damages incurred by Mid-America.

The company had argued that the contract it signed made the State Fair Commission liable for injuries after the stage was built. The lawsuits against Mid-America Sound have been rolled into one case, and a trial is scheduled for November.

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