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Live Nation, Engineer Charged In Radiohead Stage Collapse

TORONTO (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Ontario Ministry of Labour has charged three companies and one engineer in the wake of a deadly stage collapse at an outdoor Radiohead show in Toronto last year.

The stage collapse, which happened just hours before the show was set to start, left Scott Johnson, Radiohead's drum tech dead and three other stage crew injured.

On Friday, according to the CBC, the Ministry of Labour charged Live Nation Canada Inc., Live Nation Ontario Concerts GP Inc., Optex Staging & Services Inc., and an unidentified engineer with violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Thirteen charges in all were leveled, with 8 against the two Live Nation companies, 4 charges against the staging company and the final charge against the unnamed engineer. Charges against Live Nation entities include allegations that the companies failed to comply with a specific subsection of the act dealing with a building or structure's capabilities in supporting "any loads that may be applied to it."

The engineer is facing a charge of “endangering a worker, as a result of his advice that is given or his certification that is made negligently or incompetently.”

The first scheduled hearing on the matter is scheduled for the Ontario Court of Justice in Toronto on June 27. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers