Saturday, May 25 2013 12:56 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:56:19 GMT
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis. The woman was hit on E. 34th Street, between Gladstone and Colorado, around 9:45 p.m. Friday.More >>
A female pedestrian is in the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on the northeast side of Indianapolis.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:46 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:46:54 GMT
Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Indiana Fever opened defense of their WNBA title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on FridayMore >>
Tamika Catchings and Shavonte Zellous each scored 19 points and the Indiana Fever opened defense of their WNBA title with a resounding 79-64 victory over the depleted San Antonio Silver Stars on Friday night.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 12:00 AM EDT2013-05-25 04:00:53 GMT
If you waited until Friday to drive your RV to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, you likely paid more to fill it up. "If you have to worry about the price of gas," said Hoosier race fan Steven Isaacs,More >>
This Memorial Day, gas prices are about where they were last year, instead of being up again.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:47 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:47:15 GMT
The Indiana Pacers are trying to even the Eastern Conference finals in Miami. Indiana has opened up a 12-point lead late in the first quarter. Roy Hibbert leads the Pacers with eight points. LeBron JamesMore >>
The Indiana Pacers have evened the Eastern Conference finals in Miami.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:18 PM EDT2013-05-25 03:18:05 GMT
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school. When Henryville Elementary School Teacher KristiMore >>
Several Indiana teachers put their lives on the line just a year ago when two F-4 tornadoes hit Henryville and destroyed the elementary and high school.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:41 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:41:45 GMT
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement. Stephen Stookey, 70, and Marilyn Stookey, 69, were arrested after police raided their homeMore >>
A couple from Elwood face charges after police say they found a marijuana growing operation in their basement.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:04 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:04:40 GMT
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon. Police say officers were investigating an incident in the 3200 block of Boulevard Place when a suspect failed toMore >>
Two people are in custody after an incident where an IMPD officer fired his duty weapon.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 7:55 PM EDT2013-05-24 23:55:55 GMT
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate. Rodney Vawter has owned the personalized Fraternal Order of Police license plate "0INK" for the past three years. A class actionMore >>
A Greenfield police officer is fighting to keep his vanity license plate after it was revoked by the BMV.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 6:32 PM EDT2013-05-24 22:32:12 GMT
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used. Friday's Memorial Day service is one of many events that takes place on MonumentMore >>
One of our city's best-known landmarks could soon see some changes not just in the way it looks, but in the way it's used.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:30 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:30:44 GMT
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe. The eyes are on the cars, the part and the people at IMS. This year, more than everMore >>
Fans headed to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this weekend will face increased security aimed at keeping them safe.More >>
State investigators say the company that built the State Fair stage that collapsed Aug. 13, 2011, killing seven and injuring dozens, ignored safety standards.
IOSHA's investigation is one of several launched after the disaster, which occurred during a severe thunderstorm just before Sugarland were set to take the stage. The wind caught the roof of the scaffolding and sent it toppling down on the crowd.
Nearly six months later, IOSHA is imposing fines on Mid America Sound Corp., the Indiana State Fair Commission and IATSE Local 30 stagehands union. The IOSHA investigation was in connection with the deaths of two workers: security guard Glenn Goodrich and stagehand Nathan Byrd, who was on the roof of the stage working for the union when he was killed.
Mid America Sound Corp. faces the largest fines based on the State Department of Labor report released Wednesday.
The state is fining Mid America $63,000 for three violations of the industry-accepted standards for outdoor entertainment events using temporary structures.
The report also found that the Indiana State Fair Commission failed to meet certain standards, including safety measures and exposure to severe weather. The Commission faces a $6,300 fine.
The stagehands union also faces an $11,500 fine for violations related to protection, training and maintaining the required records.
Some of the fines and violations will come with a fight.
IOSHA fines union for first time in state history
This is the first time in Indiana history a union has been fined by the Indiana Occupational Health and Safety Administration, and it's not sitting well. But after six months, 30 interviews and hundreds of records, the state is defending its case.
Facing a row of cameras, the Indiana Department of Labor made scathing indictments on three entities now fined for violating worker safety standards, starting with the Indiana State Fair Commission. The Aug. 13th Sugarland concert was their event at their venue and under their watch. IOSHA found the commission critically slow and lacking..
"It did not do enough in respect to planning for an adverse weather event," said Lori Torres, Dept. of Labor. "The State Fair Commission had an inadequate plan, and did not take necessary measures called for in the plan."
Investigators say Mid-America Sound owned and erected the roof structure that collapsed August 13th and should have known better, but failed to conduct minimal inspections or to add adequate cross bracing.
"They showed plain indifference to the standard and (IOSHA) therefore imposed knowing violations against them," said Torres.
But it was the stagehand's union, IATSE Local 30, that was deemed the employer of the workers who built the roof structure. Now the union is accused of failing to have had a competent person overseeing that construction.
"The State Fair Commission and State Fair personnel are ultimately responsible here and they're looking for scapegoats," said Bill Groth, attorney for the union.
IOSHA's assistant commissioner called the union uncooperative, leading to several showdowns with warrant teams.
"The lawyers...made it very difficult for us. We had to do a number of work-arounds to collect our evidence," said Jeff Carter, IOSHA assistant commissioner.
"Here we have a situation where the perpetrator, the potential wrongdoer is investigating itself," said Groth.
Groth is the Attorney representing Local 30. In an exclusive interview Tuesday night, he told 13 Investigates that IOSHA is deflecting blame away from another state agency, a claim investigators flatly deny.
"I had no interference. My investigators had no interference. We were told to follow the facts and that's what we did," said Carter.
"We all understand the criticism that the public or those who have so otherwise have been affected by this might be, but we just looked at the evidence," said Torres. "It would have been a lot easier to come out and say, 'Well, we fined the State Fair Commission a million dollars' and everyone might have felt better. But as it was, we looked at the evidence. We applied the standards."
Statement from Andre Lacy, fair chairman:
This afternoon, the chairman of the Indiana State Fair Commission issued this statement:
"Our hearts continue to go out to the victims and families of those whose lives were forever impacted by the events of Aug. 13. We also appreciate the due diligence of the Indiana Department of Labor in compiling its report. The Indiana State Fair Commission received its portion of the report just this morning, and we are reviewing it carefully.
"Though the IOSHA report focuses on employee safety standards, the commission initiated a review of all of its operational safety policies and practices several months ago. As those relate to employee safety, we have created a new emergency-management-officer position to assist with improving emergency action plans, and completed emergency evacuation training for all employees.
"Two independent investigations regarding the structural collapse and decision-making analysis are both in progress. IOSHA's report, with the findings of Witt Associates and Thornton Tomasetti, will give us the information we need to develop a comprehensive plan to take us forward. We anticipate those reports in the next several weeks."
Mid-America Sound says it strongly objects to the "knowing" violations, saying it had warned the commission for decades that the roof should not be used in high winds.
Statement from Myra Borshoff Cook, on behalf of Mid-America Sound
"We disagree with the findings issued today and strongly object to their classification as knowing violations.
Mid-America Sound was consistent and clear with the Indiana State Fair Commission about the limitations of the temporary roof structure in high winds or severe inclement weather.
Each year for nearly a decade, we warned the Commission, in writing, that "The roof or top shall not be used in high winds and or severe inclement weather. High winds meaning 25 MPH and above." In the case of the structure used for the Sugarland concert, the threshold was 40 mph for evacuation.
On the evening of the incident one of our employees reconfirmed with State Fair leadership that if there was lightning or wind speeds of 40 mph or more, the area should be evacuated.
Despite these warnings, the Indiana State Fair Commission, who controlled the venue, and Sugarland, who controlled the concert, refused to postpone the concert and failed to implement an evacuation plan away from the temporary roof structure."
Mid-America Sound was cited and fined because it "did not provide cross-bracing as recommended by the manufacturer."
13 investigates exposed this issue weeks after accident by comparing pictures of a stage Mid America sound built for the 2004 State Fair to the one built for last year's fair. In 2004, you can clearly see cross bracing around the stage and structure. Last year's stage has some tethering, but not nearly as much cross-bracing. An independent engineer we talked to said the bracing is designed to stop this very thing from happening.
Sugarland's parent company, Lucky Star, was not held responsible, and IOSHA also said there was no violation of workplace standards by Sugarland.
Friday, May 24 2013 11:46 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:46:25 GMT
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star. The shooting happened last July at Ben Davis Park on the city's west side. Witnesses say Vincennes UniversityMore >>
A woman faces sentencing Friday for her part in the shooting death of a female basketball star.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:19 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:19:14 GMT
Police are seeking criminal charges against two missing campers who were found on the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury. Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19More >>
Bartholomew County sheriff's Maj. Todd Noblitt says the two men, ages 19 and 20, were found Wednesday after a ground and air search for several hours by police officers and soldiers of the Atterbury grounds near Edinburgh.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 5:02 PM EDT2013-05-24 21:02:40 GMT
A pedestrian was seriously hurt after being struck by a police officer on the east side of Indianapolis. The accident happened around 9:30 p.m. Thursday near the intersection of 42nd Street and EmersonMore >>
The family of Richard Allen Moore told Eyewitness News that he was killed in the accident.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:29 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:29:00 GMT
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp. The fire happened Thursday in the town of Chesterfield just east of Anderson. Chesterfield deputy fire chiefMore >>
Authorities say a cat might have started a central Indiana house fire by knocking over a lamp.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 11:22 AM EDT2013-05-24 15:22:46 GMT
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride. A Morgan CountyMore >>
It will likely be months before a judge rules on whether a new trial should be granted to a man convicted of killing an Indiana University student who disappeared during a 2000 bike ride.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 4:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 20:20:10 GMT
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry. Indianapolis-basedMore >>
One of Indiana's largest health systems says it's cutting an undisclosed number of jobs by June 30 because of increasing economic and competitive pressure on the health care industry.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 3:37 PM EDT2013-05-24 19:37:35 GMT
An act of credit card fraud has been traced back to a downtown Indianapolis restaurant. Some workers upstairs love walking downstairs for a bite at Ike and Jonesy's downtown. But they say the bite isMore >>
The owner of Ike & Jonesy's downtown says he is working to find out how the credit and debit cards of several customers and employees could have been compromised.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:26 AM EDT2013-05-24 14:26:01 GMT
Officials with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway tell Eyewitness News that 35 runners from the Midwest who did not complete the Boston Marathon because of the tragedy there will be finishing that race atMore >>
The Speedway invited runners to cross the finish line on race day morning before the start of the race. They will be running from Turn Four across the historic Yard of Bricks.More >>