How would you have designed the scaffolding at the Indiana State Fair to sustain 70 mph winds?
Five people were killed and at least 45 concert-goers injured when a scaffolding blew over in 70 mph winds at the Indiana State Fair this weekend.
Audience video captures the horror:
Already, engineers are buzzing over how this tragedy could have been prevented. Such scaffoldings are commonplace and designed, apparently, to withstand gusts up to 90 mph. There are always tradeoffs between weight, costs, safety and usability.
And as investigators sift through the wreckage, clues could emerge suggesting defective joints, missing bolts, fatigued metal or other possible causes.
If you were tasked with developing the next-generation scaffolding that needed to stand up in hurricane-force winds, how would you do it in a practical, cost-effective way?