Last Saturday night something awful happened here in the mid-west. Just in case you missed this,
a storm blew in to the Indiana State Fair. There was a significant burst of wind on the leading edge of the storm, which lead to the stage rigging falling down and sadly killed 5 people. Once this occurred, I already conceived the aftermath and some of what will transpire as a result of this event.
First is the lawsuits. By the time I get this posted I would bet $100 that there is at least one suit filed. The facts aren’t even in yet but damn it, we have litigation going..
How could this happen? The hue and cry of those who will need someone’s head on a platter. It will be someone like the State Fair Manager, someone from the National Weather Service, the sub-contractor who erected the rigging – take your pick; someone will be hung out to dry.
The naming of a memorial. While this is probably fitting to those who lost their lives, nonetheless, it is oh so predictable.
And lastly the thing, which in my mind will be the most abhorrent. There will be legislative investigations/ witch hunts. Then there will be the new OSHA standard on stage rigging. It will speak to the size of the metal, the thickness of the guide-wires needed, the number of bolts and supports needed, training requirements, and then shutdown guidelines (e.g. if severe weather is forecast no one can be within 2000 feet of the stage.) It will happen.
Now,I know I am being a little callous here but I can see all of this happening. It was a tragic accident and I have the utmost sympathy for those who lost loved ones. However let’s not let this event be the ruination of outdoor events or drive the cost of tickets up another $100 per show.