Breaking news from Miami — a video wall fell over on stage Thursday night and trapped stagehands working on the rig in Miami at this year’s Ultra Music Festival. No deaths were reported, but some workers suffered “life-threatening injuries” and others sustained broken legs, says the Miami Herald. From the article at the Herald:
Two of the men suffered what fire rescue officials said were life-threatening injuries, including one with two possibly broken legs.
Two other workers were also struck by the falling equipment; one was in stable condition, and the other was treated at the scene. The seriously injured workers were taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital.
The 8 p.m. accident, which occurred on the eve of what is billed as “the largest electronic dance event in the world,” will force a section of the large concert area at Bayfront Park to be closed off to the thousands of concert-goers who are expected.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/03/14/3286599/part-of-lighting-collapses-at.html#storylink=cpy
The AP was also reporting on this story:
Carroll said the LED screens were about 30 feet above the stage, and that one section – several squares connected together – fell.
“For whatever reason they came crashing down on workers on the stage,” he said,
He said the workers were struck by a section that was about 7 feet in height and that extended three-quarters the length of the stage.
I’ll be reporting this back as I get information. Let’s hope that the lives of these guys setting up a video wall are spared and their injuries are just injuries.
Here’s an image of the rig I found from Facebook user Habs Akram:
As far as the show goes, it’s supposed to be a big one, with weekend tickets at a three hundred dollar starting point. I don’t really care about who’s playing, but if you want to know, click this image below: