Ultra security guard sues over collapsed fence injuries

November 2014

Live events sector


A security guard injured when gatecrashers pushed down a perimeter fence at the Miami edition of the Ultra festival earlier this year has filed legal proceedings seeking $10 million in damages. Defendants include Ultra and its parent company Event Entertainment Group, the city of Miami, the firm handling security at the festival, and one of the concession operators at the event. Erika Mach suffered two skull fractures and a broken leg when fencing was pushed over. City officials subsequently said they’d warned festival organisers that the particular area of fencing that Mach was guarding was in risk of collapse if targeted by gatecrashers, leading to Miami mayor Tomas Regalado threatening to block future Ultra festivals in the city. According to Billboard, Mack alleges that inappropriate fencing had been used in that zone because the concession company also targeted in the lawsuit had requested a less severe kind of barricade to make it easier for them to access the festival site.


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