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4 people hurt when stage collapses in Ohio

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According to news from Jan. 17, a stage that was being broken down at the Schottenstein Center in Ohio collapsed just after midnight after a Luke Bryan concert. The stage crew was in the process of tearing down the stage when a portion of it fell over, according to the reports. Crew members on the scene reported that the collapse happened as a result of a chain reaction. A forklift removing large video screens from the stage bumped into the stage. This impact may have been what caused the start of the collapse.

After the forklift had hit the stage, two parts of the stage collapsed and resulted in some workers falling through the floor and having large equipment fall on them. Four workers were injured. Three Ohio State University workers suffered minor injuries. A Live Nation employee also had to be treated for minor injuries, according to the news.

Workers reported that the forklift wasn’t the cause, even though it may have started the chain of events. They claim that a number of mistakes were made during the tear down. Because none of the injuries were considered to be severe, the Ohio Occupational Safety and Health Administration and Bureau of Workers Compensation aren’t expected to investigate.

Source: NBC4i, “4 Injured In Partial Stage Collapse At Schottenstein Center” Alex Mazer, Cindi Remy and Denise Yost, Jan. 17, 2014

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