Radiohead Speaks Out on ‘Negligence’ in Deadly 2012 Stage Collapse

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Radiohead has given their thoughts on engineer Domenic Cugliari, who was responsible designing the Toronto Downsview Park stage that collapsed in June 2012, killing drum tech Scott Johnson.

The band noted that on Instagram on Friday (Nov. 20) that earlier this week, the Discipline Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) conducted a hearing to investigate the engineer.

“Mr Cugliari has acknowledged in this hearing, his catalogue of errors and the negligence on his part that led to the stage collapse and Scott’s death,” the post reads. “These admissions are 8 years too late. If the evidence now accepted by Mr Cugliari had been agreed at the original court case brought against him, @livenation and the contractor Optex Staging, it would have been complete in one day, with a very different outcome and some justice would have been delivered. As it is, Mr Cugliari has now retired and, is seemingly beyond any legal recrimination.

“This is a sad day. Our thoughts and love are, as ever, with Scott’s parents, Ken and Sue Johnson, his family and friends, and our crew,” the statement concludes.

See the post here.

Live Nation, scaffolding company Optex Staging and Services and Domenic Cugliari were charged in 2013 under the Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, and in 2017, an Ontario judge stayed the charges.

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