Another stage collapse, this time at a Radiohead concert, has claimed the life of a drum tech that works for the band. Scott Johnson was killed when a top section of the stage fell on him during during set up. Downsview Park in Toronto was the scene of the tragic accident. With several members of the crew being injured in addition to the death of Johnson, the accident is under intense investigation. Several stage collapses in the past year have caused many people to stand up and pay attention to the way the stages are constructed and what measures are being taken to ensure the safety of the workers and the entertainers who use them.
Using the blueprints for the Downsville Park stage, investigators are looking for any clues that could lead to the reason for the collapse of the structure. The deaths due to stage collapses continues to grow, causing everyone in the business to wonder what is going on with the construction of the venues and the materials being used. The collapse of the stage at the Indiana State Fair was the result of high winds. Another collapse at the Bluesfest in Ottawa Canada was also considered weather related. Both resulted in the deaths of fans and several injuries to crew and staff.
The collapse at Radiohead’s show was just another in the long line of catastrophes that have befallen many big name bands. It doesn’t lessen the impact on the people involved, however and the members of Radiohead are no different. Statements released by band members relay their feelings of devastation and overwhelming grief at the loss of one of their own. Johnson was an accomplished and talented drum tech that the band thought of as respected member of not only their crew but part of their family as well. They have expressed their condolences to his family and their hopes that future tragedies like this can be prevented.