Gov. Daniels on scaffolding inspections: "It ought to be looked at"


INDIANAPOLIS - Investigators are examining the site of the deadly stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair. Also, Gov. Mitch Daniels is weighing in on why no permits or inspections are required for large scaffoldings in Indiana.

Several agencies are involved in the investigation, including Indiana State Police, the state fire marshal, Indiana Occupational Health and Safety, the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security and the Marion County coroner's office.

They will look at the stage design, defects, the assembly of the stage, the history of the structure and workplace rules and regulations as well as the workers who built it. They will also interview witnesses and state fair officials.

The hope is to have a preliminary report within the next few days, but the final report is not expected for some time - possibly a matter of months.

WTHR first reported Monday that the stage was not inspected, but currently there is no law on the books requiring an inspection. That could be something that state lawmakers will consider in the next legislative session.

State officials are concerned that there was no permit or inspection required for a stage of that size.

"Not an area of expertise for me," said Gov. Mitch Daniels. "You have to have some reason. We're not gonna have an inspector on every three-foot scaffolding all over the state. We wouldn't get anything built. There would have to be some rule of reason. But I thought if it was a learning point for all of us, that something of that size, that there isn't some either inspection or certification. So it ought to be looked at."

This story will be updated.