Radiohead Touring Company Caught Up in Toronto Stage Collapse Probe
Live Nation, the concert promoter, and separate local staging and staffing companies have also been asked by the Ontario Ministry of Labor to comply with an on-going investigation.
TORONTO -- The Ontario Ministry of Labor has narrowed its investigation into last weekend’s Radiohead concert stage collapse to four companies, including the British band’s Ticker Tape Touring company.
The Toronto Star reported Tuesday that it was told by provincial authorities probing the workplace mishap that concert promoter Live Nation, Toronto-based Optex Staging and Services and Nasco Staffing Solutions also have been asked to cooperate with investigators.
The massive stage collapse at Downsview Park on Saturday afternoon before a Radiohead concert led to the death of the band's drum technician, Scott Johnson, 33, and injuries to three other crew members, one of whom was hospitalized.
“We’re still trying to figure out who owns what, who’s responsible for what,” Ministry of Labor spokesman Matt Blajer told the Toronto newspaper. “You’ve got lighting technicians, sound technicians, the band’s people — we’re trying to figure out who worked for whom."
No Radiohead band members were caught up in the stage collapse, but about two dozen crew members reportedly were setting up the massive structure before the sudden collapse.
But the Toronto Star lists among the Ticker Tape Touring board members Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke, guitarist Jonathan Greenwood, drummer Philip Selway -- who paid tribute to Johnson on Sunday -- bassist Colin Greenwood and guitarist Ed O'Brien.