Indiana Gov. Addressing Group Pushing for Safer Stages

April 23, 2012

Gov. Mitch Daniels is taking Indiana's lessons from last summer's deadly State Fair stage collapse to an entertainment industry group that's pushing for safer outdoor venues.

The governor will give members of the Event Safety Alliance an update Monday afternoon on Indiana's efforts to safeguard temporary venues following the Aug. 13 stage rigging collapse that killed seven people before a scheduled concert by country duo Sugarland.

Two investigative reports released this month found that the stage rigging didn't meet industry safety standards and that fair officials lacked a fully developed emergency plan.

Jim Digby of the Event Safety Alliance will also speak at Monday's briefing at the Indiana Government Center in Indianapolis. Digby is tour manager for the rock band Linkin Park.

Story source: AP

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