Nearly a year after a stage collapse in Toronto killed one member of Radiohead’s crew, charges have been filed against the concert’s promoter, Live Nation. On June 16th, 2012, Radiohead drum technician Scott Johnson was killed, and three others were injured, when a portion of the stage at Torontos Downsview Park caved in during final preparations for the band’s concert that evening. Radiohead postponed that show and the remainder of their U.S. tour as a result of the tragedy.
Now, The Toronto Star reports that the Ontario Ministry of Labour has announced charges against Live Nation, a Toronto staging company, and an individual engineer, alleging failure to “ensure the structure was designed and constructed to support or resist all likely loads and forces, it was adequately braced, there were no excessive loads and every employer complied with the act.”
A court hearing is scheduled for June 27th. If convicted, the corporations could be subject to millions of dollars in fines, while individuals involved face $25,000 in fines per charge or up to a year in prison.
Live Nation said in a statement, We absolutely maintain that Live Nation and our employees did everything possible to ensure the safety of anyone who was on or near the stage involved in the tragic incident that led to the unfortunate death of Mr. Scott Johnson… We will vigorously defend ourselves and we are confident that through this process the facts will come to light and we will be exonerated.”