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August 17, 2012
Tribute will recall victims of state fair stage collapse

A moment of silence on August 13 honored the memory of the seven people who died when a stage collapsed last year on that date at the Indiana State Fair.

Dozens were also injured when winds knocked down scaffolding as thousands of fairgoers waited for the band Sugarland to perform. The rigging went down in high winds.

Earlier this summer, the Indiana State Fair Commission approved a new emergency management plan to prevent a repeat of the deadly stage collapse.

A private firm hired by the commission to investigate the incident reported ambiguity and confusion regarding who was in charge of public safety.

Under the new plan, the fair’s chief operations officer has responsibility for postponing or canceling events.

As well, individuals must complete a safety-training program and pass a safety test before being allowed to work on-site.

Earlier this summer, the Indiana Attorney General’s office agreed to extend until August 1 a July 13 deadline for claims.

Under a recently passed law, $6 million in additional state funds was offered to the estates of the seven people who died and to those who were injured.

The attorney general has a January 2013 deadline for distributing the money.

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