Editorial: Safety top priority in stage rules issue

Some folks around Indiana are concerned that state officials might be overreacting to the Indiana State Fair tragedy, especially if smaller events would be forced to adopt unnecessary and expensive safeguards that are certainly appropriate for large venues.

Of particular concerns are events such as county fairs or smaller community events in which elaborate stage settings are not required.

New emergency regulations adopted by the state in the wake of the August 2011 tragedy at the Indiana State Fair in which seven people were killed and dozens injured when a stage set up for the band Sugarland collapsed in unexpectedly high winds have prompted the concerns.

Those initial rules were established under a “better to be safe than sorry” mind-set, which was certainly understandable owing to the extent of the state fair tragedy.

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