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    Fri, 14 Jun 2013 12:02:47

    Live Nation Canada Charged in Radiohead Technician Death Case - The tech died last year in stage collapse

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    Officials at the Canadian Ministry of Labour launched an investigation into the stage collapse at a Radiohead show last June, which resulted in the death of Scott Johnson, 33, just hours before the band was set to perform in Toronto.

    A year later, Live Nation Canada has been charged with eight counts under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, while another four have been laid at the doorstep of staging company Optex Staging and Service. An engineer has also been slapped with one charge.

    Live Nation denies that it is to blame, issuing the following terse statement: "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."

    A trial is set to begin on June 27.

    Does an event like this ever make you, as a consumer and a fan, concerned about attending a concert and does it raise concerns about your own safety at such events?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    06.14.13



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