Second death at Madonna stage collapse

August 2009

Live events industry

A British worker, Charles Prow aged 13 has been named as the second person to die following the tragic stage roof collapse in Marseilles. The death of French worker, Charles Criscenzo (aged 50) had already been confirmed. The condition of two other people was described as serious and thirty six other people have injuries, some with minor injuries and shock. Madonna has said that she was appalled by the incident saying “two men lost their lives which is a great tragedy to me. I feel so devastated to be in any way associated with anyone’s suffering”. Police are now interviewing witnesses, studying videotape footage and reading commercial contracts with a view to establishing is a charge of causing death unintentionally at a place of work could be brought and if health and safety regulations, procedures and standards had been met. The incident happened on Thursday 16th July when the roof of a stage for Madonna’s Sticky & Sweet tour was being built at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome collapsed. Maurice Di Nocera, from the Marseilles local authority said on radio that the roof had been about two-thirds complete and that it collapsed gradually allowing most workers to evacuate the area.  The cause of the roof collapse appears to be that one of the four cranes lifting the roof toppled over, crashing onto the structure. The concert was cancelled.

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