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Feb 18, 2016 12:19 PM

Safety officials: Circus tent not put up correctly in Lancaster before collapsing, killing 2


LANCASTER - The circus tent that collapsed, killed 2 people and injured dozens of others was not erected properly, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said in a report.

READ: Father and daughter die, 22 hurt after tent collapse at Lancaster Fairgrounds

Walker International Events Inc. was cited for crushing, electrical, other hazards after the tent collapsed.

OSHA also said the company did not follow repeated National Weather Service storm warnings, and set up despite reports of winds stronger than 60 mph.

READ: Investigation: More people under Lancaster circus tent collapse than originally thought

The violations according to the inspection:

– Failed to use the required tent stakes.

– Failed to properly anchor the stakes.

– Failed to remove and replace damaged stakes.

– Failed to disassemble and take down the tent amid expected winds exceeding 60 miles per hour.

OSHA cited Walker International Events on Feb. 1 for 14 serious violations and proposed $33,800 in fines.

See the full report here.

Kevin Deane is the Digital Content Manager for NH1.com. You can email him at kdeane@nh1.com and follow him on Twitter, @kdeaneNH1.

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