Live Nation, Optex, Engineer Charged in Radiohead Stage Collapse

A total of 13 charges have been laid under Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act in the Radiohead stage collapse last June 16 at Toronto’s Downsview Park. The band’s drum tech Scott Johnson was killed in the accident.

Live Nation Inc., Live Nation Ontario Concerts GP Inc., and Optex Staging & Services Inc. each have four charges brought against them, and engineer Dominic Cugliari has one, according to the Ministry of Labour. A first appearance is scheduled to be heard at the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto on June 27, 2013.

A prepared statement sent to Billboard from Live Nation states:

"We wholeheartedly disagree with the charges brought against us by the Ministry of Labour. 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. As we commence this year's concert season with a new staging contractor, Live Nation will continue its strict peer review process with external engineers for rigging and staging. We will remain vigilant in these safety and security procedures because the wellbeing of our employees, fans and artists is of utmost importance."

Optex and Cugliari had not responded to Billboard’s request for comment at press time.

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