Over the weekend, the main stage at the Indiana State Fair Collapsed. Here is more from PLSN.com
A strong, isolated blast of wind that came in advance of a line of thunderstorms knocked down the main stage at the Indiana State Fair at 8:49 pm Aug. 13. The collapse killed four people on site. A fifth victim, Nathan Byrd, 51, died Aug. 14. A spotlight operator who fell with the rigging, Byrd had been among the 45 people hospitalized, many with serious injuries. Although other crew members were seen falling with the rigging, no additional deaths were reported as of mid-day Aug. 14.
Mid-America Sound, which uses products manufactured by James Thomas Engineering, supplied the temporary stage and roof structure that fell. “This is a devastating tragedy and we want to express our sympathy to the families of those who were killed and injured last night at the State Fair,” Mid-America owner Kerry Darrenkamp said in a statement issued Aug. 14. “We have already started an independent internal investigation to understand, to the best of our ability, what happened.”
This has been a bad summer for stage collapses with the second in less then two months. What do you guys think, do we need some new regulations? Rigging training is always a good idea, but do you feel that the ETCP certification is lacking in this area?