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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Lori Torres
The company that built the stage ahead of last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse appeared to be indifferent to safety standards, the state Department of Labor said Wednesday.
The company that built the stage ahead of last summer's deadly Indiana State Fair collapse appeared to be indifferent to safety standards and fair officials were too slow to order an evacuation of the grounds, the state Department of Labor said Wednesday.
State fair officials, the stagehands union and a company that built the roof and lights rigging for a massive concert platform all share blame for last summer's deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair, according to a government investigation.
Country duo Sugarland resisted delaying the start of a concert last August at the Indiana State Fair despite threatening weather that later caused a deadly stage collapse, the fair's top official testified in a lawsuit against the company that built the stage rigging.
The 20-year-old Notre Dame student who was killed when the hydraulic lift he was on fell over as he filmed the football team on a windy day had expressed displeasure about practice being held outside, according to a state report released Tuesday.
Torres said the university was at fault for allowing Sullivan to be in the lift after the weather service had issued the advisory.
"The evidence overwhelmingly demonstrated that the university made a decision to utilize its scissor lifts in known adverse weather conditions," agency Commissioner Lori Torres said.