HEALTH & SAFETY
Live events sector
A German court has ruled that the organisers of the “Love Parade” techno-festival will stand trial in connection with the deaths of 21 people in a crowd crush ithat took place in in 2010. More than 500 others were injured in the crush. The disaster on the 24th July 2010 was the result of a crush in a tunnel that served as the sole entrance to Love Parade. Over a million people attended the dance music festival, which was held at a former goods yard in Duisburg, with a capacity of around 250,000. The event, which began in 1989, was permanently cancelled by organisers.
Ten people will now face criminal charges for the disaster in Duisburg after the court in Duesseldorf overturned the previous decision to drop the charges of negligent manslaughter, now holding that the case could be “proven with sufficient probability”, based on the available evidence. Four event organisers and six municipal employees will be tried. All had previously denied wrongdoing.
In a statement, the regional appeals court said the results of an investigation suggested that “breaches of the duty of care with which the accused are charged were the cause of the deaths and injuries” adding that poor design of the entry way and flow capacity for revellers caused the disaster, “and could have been foreseen.”
The BBC report that Mark Knight, a British DJ who performed at the event, said he was told to continue with his set on the main stage, even though it was clear something had gone wrong. He said the organisers had been “quite adamant” that he should continue to perform. “They had been liaising with the authorities and the stance that they had taken was that we really cannot make people aware too much of this situation for fear of more panic. So we had to keep playing, which was very odd and a surreal environment.”.
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