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Canada coroner launches inquest into 2012 Radiohead stage collapse

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Canada coroner launches inquest into 2012 Radiohead stage collapse


Nov. 30 (UPI) — Canada will hold an inquest into the 2012 death of a drum technician when a stage collapsed during a Radiohead show.

Ontario’s chief coroner announced Thursday a jury is expected to make recommendations to prevent the circumstances that led to 33-year-old Scott Johnson‘s death five years ago.

“The inquest will examine the events surrounding Mr. Johnson’s death,” the coroner’s office said.

Johnson of Doncaster, England, died prior to the band’s June 16, 2012, performance at Downsview Park when he was crushed beneath a video monitor that was suspended from the outdoor stage.

Radiohead issued a statement about the upcoming inquest on its Twitter account, calling for Canadian authorities to further investigate the incident.

“While this is welcomed, it does not bring those responsible for Scott’s death to account, and it provides no justice for Scott and his family,” the band wrote. “We urge the Canadian authorities to look more closely into their treatment of the Downsview Stage Collapse and indeed all workplace deaths to ensure that accidents such as this can be prevented in the future.”

Radiohead had contacted Ontario officials seeking an inquest and had meetings with British members of Parliament who wrote letters to the Canadian High Commission demanding action in the case.

Ontario court Judge Ann Nelson dismissed all 13 charges filed against concert promoter Live Nation Canada Inc. because the justice system allowed the case to take too long to go to trial.

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