Radiohead’s touring company under scrutiny following fatal stage collapse

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 – Globe and Mail


Radiohead’s touring company is among four companies under scrutiny by Ontario’s Labour Ministry after a fatal collapse at Toronto’s Downsview Park crushed one man to death and injured three others.

The ministry has requested documents from four companies involved with the fatal stage collapse in an attempt to figure out exactly who’s responsible for the fallen structure.

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Radiohead ‘shattered’ after drum tech’s death in Toronto stage collapse

June 18, 2012 – Globe and Mail


A stage built to accommodate rock superstardom before a crowd of 30,000 takes a small army and several days to construct from the ground up. Dozens if not hundreds of crew members measure the exact location, lay concrete blocks as ballast and build up the raised floor, supports and a roof before trained riggers clamber up latticed scaffolding to suspend loudspeakers, lights and visual displays.

The stage set up for Radiohead’s Saturday show would have been right on schedule by late afternoon. The structure otherwise ready to go, the technical crew travelling with the band was doing final audio and lighting adjustments in preparation for a sound check.

It took seconds for the entire stage to crumple in on itself; white canopy laden with screens and lights tipping forward onto the stage, bringing scaffolding down with it.

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One dead as Toronto stage collapses before Radiohead concert


Saturday, June 16, 2012 – Globe and Mail


There was a popping crack, like the sound of fireworks, then an eerie silence as Erin Peacock watched the towering stage crumple in on itself, hardware-laden canopy tipping over towards the front end of the stage, taking reams of scaffolding down with it and leaving long sticks of twisted metal behind.

The stage collapse at Downsview Park hours before what was supposed to be a Radiohead concert crushed one man to death and injured three more. A 45-year-old man was still in hospital Saturday evening with non-life-threatening injuries. Two other men were treated for minor injuries on the scene and released. All of the victims were crew members setting up the stage, police said.

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