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Union, State Agree To Safety Measures After Stage Collapse

The agreement requires companies to provide fall protection and hazard identification training for all members by March 2014.

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Under the agreement, companies will begin a safety apprenticeship program starting in January 2014.

The theater and stage business have agreed to make changes to improve safety under under a deal between a union and the state over the Indiana State Fair stage collapse.

Under the agreement reached Tuesday with the Indiana Department of Labor, the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 30 will provide fall protection and hazard identification training for all members by March 2014, and it will include the training in its apprenticeship program starting in January 2014.

“There’s little question that this is going to make everything safer,” Indiana Department of Labor spokesman Bob Dittmer says.

However, the union will not accept any responsibility for the stage rigging collapse in August 2011.

Indiana Safety and Health Administration levied a fine against the union following an investigation by IOSHA, but the deal stipulates the union will not have to pay the fine.

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