BOSTON, Massachusetts (NEWS CENTER) -- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Florida-based company $24,000 in connection with a circus tent collapse in Lancaster, New Hampshire last year that killed a father and her daughter.
Walker International Events was also cited for 14 serious violations of workplace safety standards. The collapse also injured dozens of spectators. Walker is currently out of business. If and when the company attempts to resume operations it will have to implement a comprehensive safety and health management plan that includes procedures for the safe installation of outdoor tents.
OSHA also found that despite repeated warnings of severe storms from the National Weather Service, Walker proceeded with a scheduled outdoor circus performance. The company also failed to install the tent safely in keeping with industry standards.