OTW: A Look at Stage Safety

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- There have been at least three stage collapses at concerts this summer; two of which were fatal. Now some fear for their own safety when it comes to local concerts.

We have more on what On The Waterfront staff are doing to ensure their stages are structurally sound.

It’s a scary thing to think about: concerts are supposed to be a time to let loose and have fun. However, some now worry about their safety after the recent deadly stage collapses.

It was the horrifying scene at the Indiana State fair two weeks ago. The country band Sugarland performed in Rockford the night before seven people were killed when the stage came crashing down.

Local crews setting up for on the waterfront say they're checking their work multiple times to prevent another tragedy. They say their main stages are certified to withhold 90 mile-per-hour winds. Some workers say they were appalled over the Indiana State Fair's decision to have concert goers stand so close to the stage. They say Rockford’s celebration will be safe and are confident in their work.

Crews have been out here since 9 a.m. setting up for the weekend festival. By the end of the week they will have set up five stages

The three day festival starts this Thursday with an opening night concert on the great lawn stage


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