The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) has announced their support of the safety recommendations the jury has returned today in the coroner’s inquest concerning the Radiohead stage collapse at Downsview Park on June 16, 2012, which claimed the life of drum technician Scott Johnson. IATSE previously provided information to assist the jury with specialized knowledge of the industry, and to propose recommendations which advance workplace safety. The jury heard from 27 witnesses and considered the appropriate recommendations for preventative measures.
The recommendations call for broad changes to the oversight of demountable event structures and the supervision of work on site, with the intention of protecting workers. A number of the recommendations are directed at various levels of government, the body governing engineers, labour, employers, and promoters and operators of live performance events. Highlights of the more than 28 recommendations returned by the jury include compiling a “Scott Johnson Book” of safety regulations, amendments to the Building Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act with respect to demountable event structures, and recommendations that an engineer be present at the construction of these structures.
A key recommendation is for Ontario to create a permanent working group of industry experts fully funded by the province. This working group will consist of Scott Johnson’s father, Ken Johnson (who is an advisor for Technical and Health & Safety to the UK’s National Access & Scaffolding Confederation), as well as experts from the live performance and staging industry.
For more information please contact Matthew Cain, Director of Communications, at [email protected]