Promoter Charged in Radiohead Stage Collapse

June 10, 2013

Authorities have charged the promoter of a Radiohead concert with safety violations in connection with a stage collapse that killed the band’s drum technician and injured three other crew members.

The Ontario Ministry of Labor on Friday charged that Live Nation Canada Inc. and Live Nation Ontario Concerts GP Inc., as well as Optex Staging and Services failed to ensure the stage structure was being built in a safe manner.

Part of the massive outdoor structure came crashing down last June 16 at Toronto’s Downsview Park during setup for the concert, killing British drum technician Scott Johnson.

An engineer also faces one count of endangering a worker as a result of allegedly negligent or incompetent advice or certification.

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