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Indiana stage builder cited in state fair collapse

5:51 PM, Feb 8, 2012   |    comments
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In their report, they say the company that built the stage appeared to be indifferent to safety standards. And, they say fair officials didn't order an evacuation as quickly as they should have. 

The state Department of Labor cited Mid-America Sound with three major safety violations. 

It's fining the company $63,000. The state's labor commissioner, Lori Torres, says the company "was aware of the appropriate requirements" but showed a "plain indifference" to complying with them. But she says the "indifference" is not the same as responsibility for the disaster. 

 Torres says State Fair Commission officials didn't have an adequate plan for evacuating the area as a severe thunderstorm approached. It's being fined $6,300. 

 The union representing stagehands also came under fire, accused of five workplace violations. It was fined more than $11,000. 

A union attorney says the report found that the union, and not the fair commission, was the employer of the stagehands. He says the union is being made a scapegoat.

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