Hearing Underway for Radiohead's 2012 Stage Collapse in Toronto
Published Nov 18, 2015Back in 2012, a Radiohead concert at Downsview Park in Toronto resulted in tragedy when the stage collapsed, killing drum technician Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. Charges were laid under the Occupational Health and Saftey Act, and the hearings have been underway this week in Toronto.
Live Nation Canada, Live Nation Ontario and Optex Staging and Services were each hit with four charges, while an individual engineer named Domenic Cugliari faces one charge of endangering a worker by negligence. As reported by CBC, all four parties have pleaded not guilty.
"No one's manning up and saying, 'Look, it's our responsibility and we share responsibility,'" said Radiohead's manager, Adrian Bullocks. "It's really quite… disrespectful in a way."
Johnson's father Ken travelled to Toronto to attend the hearing. "Scott was our only boy so this was quite devastating, really," he told reporters outside the courthouse. "He was a happy guy."
He plans to remain in Canada for the duration of the hearing, and revealed that he would like to plant a maple tree — "one of the best trees for making drums" — at Downsview Park in honour of his late son.
The stage collapse took place on June 16, 2012, hours before Radiohead were slated to perform their final show of a North American tour.