By Dana Parker-McClain, Pollstar

“The stage collapse that killed seven people and injured dozens more at the Indiana State Fair in August 2011 will always stand as a dark moment in the concert world, but the tragedy also served as a wake-up call and ignited a push for safer standards.

Leaders in the industry have used the time since the incident to formulate best practices and, just last fall, released the Event Safety Guide – the United States’ first published safety text directed specifically at the live event industry.

At the heart of the guide is the notion that there’s nothing more important than keeping patrons, performers and staff safe, Red Light Management’s Stuart Ross said.

And because safety for all parties is the goal, the industry has been forced to take a look at its role in promoting unsafe conduct when it comes to concert production.”

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