Bad Rigging, Poor Safety Blamed In Ind. Fair Stage Collapse

Law360, New York (April 12, 2012, 7:11 PM EDT) -- Concert stage rigging that killed seven people after collapsing in strong winds during last summer’s Indiana State Fair failed to meet industry standards, and fair officials weren’t prepared to deal with the aftermath, according to two reports released Thursday.

The aluminum rigging’s manufacturer, U.K.-based James Thomas Engineering Ltd., performed an inadequate structural analysis and failed to properly explain how to build the setup, according to a report issued by engineering firm Thornton Tomasetti.

And the report said that even if those problems had not existed, Greenfield,...
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