State Settles With Stage Company

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The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced details of a settlement with Greenfield-based Mid America Sound Corp. The company has agreed to pay $50,000 in penalties and has implemented additional employee training. The deal is a result of an IOSHA investigation into the 2011 State Fair stage collapse. March 31, 2014

News Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) has reached an agreement with Mid America Sound Corporation to settle the Safety Order issued as a result of an IOSHA investigation after the Indiana State Fair accident in 2011.

As a result of the settlement, Mid America Sound Corporation conducted a comprehensive temporary roof structures training course for designated employees, and has prepared a safety operations management plan for future stage erections. Additionally, Mid America employees attended a comprehensive 5-day safety training course conducted by an outside organization on the erection of temporary roof structures. Mid America also committed to providing similar safety training for other employees hired for these jobs in the future.

Mid America also agreed to payment of $50,000 in violation penalties. These will be made through four periodic payments of $12,500.

"This agreement is a resolution requiring both extensive safety improvements for the construction or erection of temporary roof structures and specifically related employee safety training that will create a safer workplace for Indiana event production workers," said Labor Commissioner Rick Ruble. "The agreement produces a positive outcome for everyone involved."

The agreement can be found at www.in.gov/dol/files/MID_AMERICA_SOUND.pdf.

About the Indiana Department of Labor:

The mission of the Indiana Department of Labor is to advance the safety, health and prosperity of Hoosiers in the workplace. In order to make significant strides, we emphasize both enforcement and compliance assistance by employers. www.in.gov/dol.

Source: The State of Indiana

Statement From Mid-America Sound Corporation

On March 20, 2014, Mid-America Sound Corporation and the Department of Labor entered into an Agreed Entry resolving litigation that resulted from IOSHA's citations issued to Mid-America following the events of August 13, 2011 at the Indiana State Fair. While Mid-America contested the appropriateness of the citations and made no admission of any wrongdoing by entering into the settlement, Mid-America believed that it was important to move forward in a cooperative effort with IOSHA and to avoid the costs and expenses of further litigation.

Source: Michael Moon, attorney for Mid-America Sound Corporation