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Radiohead's drum tech's death was down to "inadequate construction techniques"


The sad death of Radiohead’s drum technician Scott Johnson was yesterday deemed to be the fault of “inadequate construction techniques” according to a coroner in charge of the second inquest into his death.

Johnson sadly died at the hands of a tragic accident when a stage roof collapsed and killed him in 2012 at Toronto’s Downsview Park, he was only 33 years old. Three other peoples were also injured in the accident. Earlier this year an inquest held in Toronto concluded it was an “accidental death”, a verdict which Radiohead called “frustratingly insufficient given that the stage collapse was shown to be preventable”.

However, in Johnson’s hometown of Doncaster, a second inquest was held and returned a different verdict. Coroner Nicola Mundy said: “Inadequate technical advice coupled with wholly inadequate construction techniques led to the collapse of the roof system which led to Scott Johnson’s death.”

“It’s quite clear from what I have heard that the design and construction itself had inherent deficiencies within them.”

Ken Johnson, Scott’s father, welcomed the verdict, he told ITV: “It’s exactly what we needed someone to say. At least that information now should help people to acknowledge the negligence.”