Coachella is a music event that many residents of Georgia have likely heard of. Prior to this year’s event, the lead rigger for the event fell 60 feet while attempting to climb scaffolding. It is believed that the man was not properly attached to a harness that could have prevented the fall, and investigators said that he died at the scene of the accident.
According to authorities, fire and police units responded to the scene of the accident after it had been reported. The man was an employee of Goldenvoice, which was responsible for organizing the festival. In a statement, the company said that the man was a hard worker who would be missed. Authorities said that circumstances surrounding the man’s death were still under investigation.
Generally speaking, whoever has control of a site where an event will take place has a responsibility to keep everyone safe. If the entity is hiring employees to help run the event, that entity must take reasonable steps to ensure that those employees have a safe working environment. This can include providing protective gear when climbing or performing other potentially hazardous tasks. Furthermore, the gear must fit and work properly when being used by a worker.
Ideally, there will be a safety plan in place to cut down on the potential for an accident. This safety plan should address as many hazards as possible as well as what to do if one is discovered. Addressing possible hazards ahead of time may reduce the possibility that preventable accidents take place that harm either workers or others on the premises. Those who are injured on a job site, at a festival or any property that doesn’t belong to them because of owner negligence may be entitled to compensation.
Source: Uproxx, “A Longtime Coachella Stagehand Died After An Accident While Setting Up For The Festival“, Derrick Rossignol, 04/08/2019