Probe into death at Linkin Park concert

2012-11-08 11:01

Cape Town - An investigation has been launched into the events leading to a woman's death when a structure collapsed ahead of a concert by American band Linkin Park at Cape Town Stadium on Wednesday.

The City of Cape Town said the site had been secured for a police investigation. The City and event organisers, Big Concerts, will co-operate with the investigation.

City of Cape Town spokesperson Kylie Hatton said the City would also conduct its own investigation.

19 injured

The woman died of the injuries she sustained when temporary scaffolding collapsed in high winds ahead of the concert. She was thought to have died after being taken to the nearby Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital.

Nineteen people were injured in the incident. Twelve of them had to be hospitalised.

The temporary structure was a "branding activation" and was located next to the stadium forecourt on the Cape Town CBD side of the venue.

The structure had been pre-approved and certified as safe before the event.

Hatton said the investigation would include whether the approval procedures had been properly done.

She said she did not have permission yet from the woman's family to release her name.


Big Concerts, the organiser of the show, posted a message on its Facebook page expressing its "deepest sympathies and condolences" to the injured and to the woman who died.

"We would like to thank the City of Cape Town, the SA Police Services, and all the medics, doctors, and disaster risk personnel for their swift and professional response to this accident."

Linkin Park also conveyed its condolences to the family of the woman who died, saying in a statement on its website that it also distanced itself from the "sponsor or entity" which erected the structure.

"Following our performance... at Cape Town Stadium, we were advised that several people were injured as a result of the collapse of an advertising tower erected by Lucozade in the parking area outside the venue," the band said in its statement on the "LP Blog".

"We wish to express our deep sadness and concern for those injured and our heartfelt condolences to the family of the fan who died as a result of her injuries.

"Though we have had no relationship with the sponsor or the entity responsible for erecting the structure, we take the safety of our fans very seriously and our thoughts are with all of those who were affected by this tragedy."

The band is scheduled to perform in Johannesburg on November 10.

  • victor.mendes1 - 2012-11-08 11:20

    My condolences to the family of the deceased, and I wish the injured well. Concerts are never seen as dangerous and life threatening and should never be.

  • melanie.s.hendricks.3 - 2012-11-08 11:29

    being the person I am, I dont think the concert should have continued. I just feel that Linkin Park should either have cancelled the evening and recheduled for another night or had a minutes silence. I know that if I had been at the concert I would NOT have been able to enjoy myself knowing people had gotten hurt!

      Cherri - 2012-11-08 11:49

      The people inside the stadium didn't know what had happened. I had a number of friends at the concert and when I contacted them to check if they were okay, no-one knew about the accident.

      Tamandjaz - 2012-11-08 12:47

      my understanding is that Linkin Park was only informed of the accident after the concert.

      sandy.thomas.9066 - 2012-11-08 13:02

      I was working at the concert and the news of the incidient filtered down only much later in the eveing. I heard from my sister in law who was not even at the venue. You cannot blame Linkin Park for not acknowledging the unfortunate happening. If we who were working did not know you can be sure that they wouldnt have known either until after the fact.

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-11-08 15:49

      The band were only told after the concert. The organisers should have advised them earlier so they could make a decision and at least given condolence. Big Concert again

  • DEICIDE - 2012-11-08 11:34

    im very upset.this should never have happened,i would like to see who passed the structure getting punished

      sandy.thomas.9066 - 2012-11-08 13:06

      There was gale force wind and not even the trees were safe from it. There were branches all over the place! What or who would everyone blane had a branch fallen off a tree and hurt or killed someone. Nothing was safe from that wind last night and to push blame on the structural engineer and the organisers etc is just silly!

      abra.kadaver.1 - 2012-11-08 14:09

      Is this Glen Benton? We need to realize that sometimes accidents do happen and that they are just that, AN ACCIDENT. Why must someone be blamed and held responsible for something that was completely unforeseeable ? Yes a life was lost and people were injured and my deepest sympathy and condolences go out to the families and friends but it was just a freak accident .

  • Neo G. Ramontsha - 2012-11-08 11:38

    if ani1 is to blame 4 the falling of the structure it's those in Charge of the setup and safety management they must be prepaired 4 these i mean they know how the weather is there...althou it would've not killed Linkin Park to move the event to another day in time, --deepest sorrows to the family with their loss-- nd those injured

      sandy.thomas.9066 - 2012-11-08 13:08

      I dont think any of you are thinking clearly aparently none of you were there because there would have been more injuries and damage caused had they cancelled or postponned the concert as it was they went on an hour and a bit later than they should have come on! That crowd was huge and the stadium filled to capacity! So I am sure that in carrying on with the concert they actually considered the alternative if they didnt.

  • MB6061 - 2012-11-08 11:49

    Everyone trying to blame someone - just consider that we had galeforce winds up to 60km/h everywhere near cape town last night. We should be more grateful that mass large scale destruction to people , property and businesses did not occur. The wind was horific from stellenbosch to cape town to gordonsbay........also why stop the concert if at the time an accident took place and was being attended to. Lets get real.....people get heart attacks at concerts , crash their cars on the way to the concert etc.....but they then seek treatment and move on. The person who died was this morning. It is absolutely regrettable and tragic but mother nature and exceptional circumstances are not manageable.....

      renee.nel.393 - 2012-11-08 11:55

      You are 100% right MB6061. This makes entire sense. Thank you!

      Jo.Davies123 - 2012-11-08 15:52

      There are laws that state that when weather conditions change like that, the structure is to be taken down, or barricaded off so that no one can get hurt by this. Plain and simple. The people who erected the scaffolding would have known this, but probably "took a chance" as with most people who experiance accidents like this. Check the OHS Act.

      richard.hipkin - 2012-11-09 15:48

      Sensible explanation.

  • Darren Whitticom - 2012-11-08 11:51

    the band were only informed after the show,also stopping a massive concert an hour before it starts is impossible.

  • ou.pel.9 - 2012-11-08 11:56

    Condolences to the family of the lady that lost here life. Just a correction....the structure did not collapse. I was blown over by the wind, cause some boks decided to wrap banners around it, resulting in a kite. And no one thought about adding additional securing lines or ropes!? And even if it happened outside, Stadium Management are still responsible for all activities on the premises. Scaffolding is designed and built to withstand very strong winds. Who wrapped it in branding, creating a wind sail and did not foresee the consequences of such actions? Find that person and roast him or her.

  • ruth.laatzreineke - 2012-11-08 11:58

    SO when we all rode the Argus a few years ago, in 60-100 kph winds, and people were hit by toilets, scaffolding fell over, people were blown off their bicycles etc who is to blame then? Why was nobody held responsible? Why was the event not cancelled? Your arguments are ridiculous! Who on earth can control the wind? Calls for the concert to have been cancelled are absolutely ridiculous. This was OUTSIDE the stadium and had no effect on the safety of concert goers on the inside of the stadium. There is absolutely nobody to be blamed for this. If, god-forbid, a tree had fallen over and caused injuries etc who would you al blame then? Stop being ridiculous and focus your complaints on things which are actually productive, and definitely do NOT blame Linkin Park for this.

  • leila.monroe - 2012-11-08 12:41

    OMW! How can anyone blame Linkin Park for this??? For real, have people lost their minds completely!!!

  • steve.brittle - 2012-11-08 12:45

    My condolences to the family of the deceased,and my those that were injured have a speedy recovery.

  • leigh.ridgway - 2012-11-08 13:17

    Who the hell drinks Lucozade at concerts anyway????

  • grant.merwe.3 - 2012-11-09 13:13

    Yes I agree, it was an accident. I was right next to the stand when it blew over. Thankfully my wife and I were at the back of the stand. Like I said, it was an accident, HOWEVER... it is Cape Town, November and the South Easter is known to blow at this time of year. Come on, I'm from JHB and even I know that Cape Town has strong winds at this time. Why was that scaffolding not tethered to the ground? It was wrapped with branding which ultimately turned it into a sail. Of course its going to be blown over, unless it was secured properly. Just like the speaker stands inside the stadium were tethered to the ground. That engineer needs to go back to University to update his knowledge on structural safety. Our condolences to the recently departed LP fan. May she rest in peace and may her loved ones find peace in their hearts over time.

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