Radiohead Stage Collapse Leads to Charges Laid Against 3 Companies and 1 Engineer

July 4th, 2013 by Dan Stone

This blog is written by our law summer student, Michelle Stephenson

A sold-out Radiohead show was cancelled last June, after a stage partially collapsed killing a drum technician and injuring three others at Downsview Park in Toronto. Charges have now been laid against three companies and one engineer under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (the “Act”).

Four charges each were laid against Live Nation Canada Inc. and Live Nation Ontario Concerts GP Inc. as constructors, four against Optex Staging & Services Inc. as an employer, and one charge was laid against an individual engineer.
The charges faced by the three companies involve their failing to ensure the structural integrity of the stage to the extent required by the Act.

Additionally, the two constructors each face a charge for not making sure that all employers on the project complied with s. 25(1)(e)(iii) of the Act. The constructors needed to have made certain that all employers ensured that any building or structure is capable of supporting any loads that may be applied to it, in accordance with good engineering practices.

The engineer faces a charge for endangering a worker as a result of advice or certification given negligently or incompetently, contrary to s. 31(2) of the Act.

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