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Radiohead Releases A Statement Following Stage Collapse Inquest

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TORONTO (CelebrityAccess )– After news broke that the coroner’s inquest into the untimely death of Scott Johnson has concluded, Radiohead has released a statement.

In 2012, Johnson, a drum technician for the band Radiohead, was killed and three others injured after a temporary stage in Toronto’s Downsview Park collapsed during a wind incident.

Earlier this year, Ontario’s chief coroner launched a new inquest into Johnson’s death after a judge stayed the case in 2017, ruling that legal proceedings had taken too long to conclude.

As the BBC reported, on Wednesday, the inquest’s jury returned a set of 28 non-binding recommendations that include the creation of a working group to determine and update best practices for the live performance industry.

Radiohead’s Statement:

The inquest into the death of our friend and crew member, Scott Johnson, has now concluded. The inquest itself was conducted in a constructive, thorough and fair-minded way. It revealed the negligence and failings that led to Scott’s death.

A verdict of accidental death was returned, which feels frustratingly insufficient given that the stage collapse was shown to be preventable. The jury have made sound and practical recommendations to prevent such an accident happening again and to ensure the future safety of show crews and audiences. It’s up to all of us now to make sure that these recommendations are implemented.

We’d like to express our gratitude to the Coroner’s Office and the Jury for their tireless work in the Inquest. Our love and respect go out to Ken and Sue Johnson, Scott’s parents. He will be forever in our thoughts.

As BBC News reports, the jury returned today (April 10) with a set of 28 non-binding recommendations.

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