Radiohead issues statement in response to inquest into death of drum tech killed in stage collapse

Tara Walton/Toronto Star via Getty ImagesThe inquest into the death of Radiohead drum tech Scott Johnson, who was killed in a stage collapse just prior to the band’s show in Toronto in 2012, came to a close Wednesday.

According to the BBC, the jury issued 28-non-binding recommendations to prevent such an incident from happening again.

On Thursday, Radiohead shared a statement commenting on the inquest, calling it “constructive, thorough and fair-minded.”

“It revealed the negligence and failings that led to Scott’s death,” the statement reads.

However, the band added that they felt that the inquest’s verdict of “accidental death” “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 unsure the future safety of show crews and audiences,” the band wrote. “It’s up to all of us now to make sure that these recommendations are implemented.”

“Our love and respect go out to Ken and Sue Johnson, Scott’s parents,” the statement concluded. “He will be forever in our thoughts.”

In September 2017, an Ontario judge stayed charges against promoter Live Nation, as well as an engineer and contractor involved in the stage, and ruled that the case was taking too long and violated the rights of those charged to a timely hearing.

At the time, Radiohead wrote that they were “appalled” by the judge’s decision.

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