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New investigation into stage collapse death

World News
December 5, 2017

An investigation into the death of British drum technician Scott Johnson. Who was killed when overhead production equipment collapsed, ahead of an outdoor Radiohead concert in June 2012, has been announced.

Three other workers were were injured during the incident, which took place at Toronto’s Downsview Park.

Charges against promoter Live Nation Entertainment, its contractor Optex Staging and Services, and Ontario-based engineer Dominic Culgliari were shelved last September, due to long delays in bringing the case to trial (see Audience issue 212). All three defendants had pleaded not guilty.

Regional supervising coroner for the central region, Toronto West office, Dr Roger Skinner has announced he is to hold an inquest into Johnson’s death, citing a requirement in the Coroners Act that stipulates an investigation must take place place in the case of a construction worker’s death.

“The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths,” says Skinner.

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