In 2012, Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson was killed when a stage collapsed prior to the band’s performance at Toronto’s Downsview Park. Earlier this year, a new inquest was opened that looked into Johnson’s death.
In 2017, a judge stayed the original case, and now that a new inquest has been opened, the five-person jury returned yesterday with a list of non-binding recommendations to prevent incidents like this in the future. Some of the jury’s recommendations include improving oversight of safety rules for building temporary stages in the province of Ontario, creating a working group to update the best practices for the music and live performance industry, and more.
Now, Radiohead have shared a statement about the wrap of the inquest. “A verdict of Accidental Death was returned, which feels frustratingly insufficient given that the stage collapse was shown to be preventable,” the band wrote. “The jury have made sound and practical recommendations to prevent such an accident happening again and to ensure the future safety of show crews and audiences. It’s up to all of us now to make sure that these recommendations are implemented.”
Read the statement in full below.
— Radiohead (@radiohead) April 11, 2019
Lead photo courtesy of Daniele Dalledonne on Flickr.