4 Dead And Dozens Injured At Fair

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CNN reported on 13th August, that ‘A massive gust of wind brought down a stage at the Indiana State Fair on Saturday night, killing at least four and injuring 24, officials said. Authorities said they feared more casualties.

“A big gust of wind came through. You could see a lot of people panicking. All the scaffolding and speakers — all that came crashing down — and the whole stand just collapsed,” said Aaron Richman, who witnessed the collapse at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis.’

The Soccer World Cup in 2010 had another, unexpected benefit, in that South Africa now has the toughest event risk and disaster management legislation in the world. The ‘Safety at Sports and Recreational Events Act’ became law in 2010, which criminalises event incompetence and applies to everyone involved in an event, excluding the visitor.

Safety officers are standard at events and all structures over 2,5m must be inspected and approved by structural engineers, who will issue a ‘structural engineering certificate’. Please remember this, the next time you exhibit, so that we will never see a headline in South Africa,  that reads:

4 dead and dozens injured on stand!

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