Seven years have passed since the stage collapse that killed Radiohead’s drums technician, Scott Johnson, before a concert at Downsview Park. After the courts failed to find anyone responsible for the tragedy, an inquest has began to find out what went wrong and what can be done to prevent future stage collapses.
Key inquest exhibits revealed flaws in stage, as reported by CBC news. One of the more troubling revelations was that the stage construction deviated from the engineered plans in several significant ways. “What I heard in there was ridiculous, to see that kind of deviation from what is expected in the design and what’s actually built. I’ve never seen anything like that,” Prof. Doug Perovic said in an interview with CBC reporter, Katie Nicholson, after leaving the coroner’s court.
Prof. Perovic, who was part of a team of engineers who originally investigated the collapse, said that the lack of clamps may have contributed to the collapse by allowing structural beams to shift as the pickup truss started to be crushed under the weight of the roof load. CBC has the latest news about this important case.
Last week, Prof. Perovic was invited to join Arlene Bynon on SiriusXM radio program to discuss the coroner’s inquest. Listen the complete interview