Stage collapse kills one in Toronto

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Radiohead drum tech identified as victim

The collapsed Radiohead stage at Downsview Park in Toronto Saturday. — Photo by The Canadian Press

Inspectors with Ontario’s Ministry of Labour spent Sunday combing through the wreckage of a stage that collapsed on Saturday during setup for a Radiohead concert in Toronto.

They’re trying to find out what caused the stage to come crashing down on a handful of workers, killing one and injuring three others.

Radiohead representative Laura Eldeiry confirmed the man killed was Scott Johnson, the drum technician for the British band.

Toronto police Const. Tony Vella says another man who suffered non-life-threatening injuries is doing “much better” in hospital.

Ministry spokesman Matt Blajer says the massive structure is “still fairly unstable” and work is underway to make it safe.

He says investigators are looking to see whether safety regulations and standards were followed and staff were properly trained.

He says the investigation is “fairly complex” and it could take some time to figure out exactly what happened.

The sold-out show was cancelled before it even began, forcing ticket holders — many of them from out of town — to turn back.

There have been a number of stage collapses in recent years.

Six people died last August when the stage fell at a concert in Indianapolis and five died when a storm toppled a stage at a festival in Belgium.

In Canada, several people were hurt when the stage went down at Bluesfest in Ottawa last July.

And one person died in 2009 when a windstorm collapsed the stage at the Big Valley Jamboree in Alberta.

 

 

Organizations: Radiohead, Ministry of Labour, Bluesfest Big Valley Jamboree

Geographic location: Toronto, Ontario, Indianapolis Belgium.In Canada Ottawa Alberta

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