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A Perfect Storm - Indiana State Fair Stage Canopy Collapse

Date: Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00 PM to 1:15 PM
Venue: Presidents Room / Minnesota State Bar Association  Minneapolis, MN United States  Get Directions
Total Price: $30.00

Deadline to Register: March 8, 2017

On August 31, 2011, a wind gust from an approaching storm caused the temporary canopy structure over the main stage at the Indiana State Fair to collapse, killing seven people and injuring 58 others. Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc. was retained on behalf of one of the primary defendants to investigate the cause of the collapse. The assignment required detailed examination of the wreckage, review of storm weather data, structural analysis of the stage canopy structure, testing of the tie-back components used to provide lateral stability, and review of documents defining policies, authority, procedures, and protocols that were to have been used if evacuation was required. Deficiencies were found in many areas. The presenter will discuss how the combination of design, erection, and public policy deficiencies resulted in this tragedy.

Lunch and registration will begin at 12:00 p.m. The program will begin at 12:15 p.m. 


Kurt Hoigard  | Raths, Raths & Johnson, Inc.

CLE Credits:

1.0 Standard CLE Credits approved | Event Code: 236595


Section Member: $10 
MSBA Member not in the section: $25
Non-Member:  $30
Law Students: FREE

Remote Participation: 

Remote participation is available. Please indicate this option when registering. Instructions will be emailed to you the week day prior to the CLE.

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