Radiohead released a statement about Domenic Cugliari, the engineer in charge of the design of the stage, which collapsed in Downsview Park in Toronto in June 2012, killing drum technician Scott Johnson. According to the band, the Ontario Association of Professional Engineers (PEO) Disciplinary Committee held a hearing with Cugliari acknowledging a “catalog of mistakes and negligence on his part that led to the collapse of the stage and Scott’s death.” . Find the statement below.
Pitchfork asked the PEO for comment and further information.
Scott Johnson’s father, Ken Johnson, an expert in the scaffolding industry, told Pitchfork that he sat and heard the six-hour hearing. “Nobody wanted this to happen, but it could have been avoided,” he said in an email on behalf of himself and Scott’s mother Sue Johnson. “It is very difficult to control emotions after eight years of misery, and believe me, time is not a healer. I look professional and I hope this doesn’t happen again, but as far as I know, no one has suggested new practices. “He added that Scott was their” only child and such a great man “.
In 2013, the Ontario Department of Labor brought charges against Live Nation, scaffolding company Optex Staging and Services, and Domenic Cugliari under the provincial Labor Protection Act. An Ontario judge suspended charges against Live Nation, Optex and Cugliari in 2017.
In March 2019, the Ontario coroner began an investigation into what caused Scott Johnson’s death. The research ended the next month with a series of non-binding recommendations for best practices for the live performance industry. Radiohead called the recommendations “solid and practical”. Nicola Mundy, the medical examiner from Doncaster, England, has since said that Johnson’s death was due to “inadequate technical advice” and “totally inadequate construction techniques”.
Radiohead dedicated their latest album, A Moon Shaped Pool 2016, to Scott Johnson’s memory.
On the plaza you will find “Waiting for Justice for the Collapse of the Radiohead Stage That Killed Scott Johnson”.