Summer brings a lot of outdoor concerts and festivals to the New York City area. Most of these events are held on temporary stages that are set up specifically for the event. Unfortunately, if the stages have even minor physical defects, or are assembled by inexperienced or negligent technicians, they could cause unsafe conditions that kill or injure artists and fans.
One recent accident in Toronto is drawing attention to the need to observe proper safety standards during outdoor concerts.
Last week, a stage collapsed just hours before a sold-out Radiohead concert was about to begin. The band’s drum technician became trapped underneath the rubble and died at the scene of the accident. Three other crew members were injured, including a 45-year-old man who was hospitalized with a head injury but is expected to survive.
Investigators from the Toronto Police Department and the Ontario Ministry of Labor are looking into the accident in an attempt to determine the cause of the collapse. They are putting particular attention on questions over whether operators properly trained staff and followed applicable safety regulations and standards.
Concert organizers expected a crowd of nearly 40,000 fans. Thankfully, none were injured since the collapse occurred before the attendees arrived.
Victims Can Recover for Injuries
Hopefully, no similar accidents will occur in New York this summer. However, if they do, victims need to understand that they have certain rights.
Workers who are injured in stage collapses can recover workers’ compensation benefits for their injuries. These benefits apply regardless of who was at fault for causing the accident.
Concertgoers may also be able to recover for their injuries in a premises liability lawsuit, if they can show that negligence was the cause of the collapse.