Sugarland Stage Collapse Results in Fines for Sound Company, State Fair and Stagehands Union

Fines totaling more than $80,000 have been issued to a sound company, the Indiana State Fair Commission and a stagehands union in connection with the Aug. 13 stage collapse at Sugarland’s concert at the fair. Seven people were killed and 58 injured when heavy winds toppled equipment that hung over the stage prior to the duo’s performance. The Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration imposed a $63,000 fine to Mid-America Sound Corp., an Indiana company which provided the equipment and stage construction. The fair was fined $6,300 while the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees Local 30 received an $11,300 fine. Indiana commissioner of labor Lori A. Torres said the state agency is investigating potential workplace safety violations, not to assign blame for the stage collapse. Numerous lawsuits and other claims have been filed following the accident.