Cheap Trick roadie files suit over stage collapse

OTTAWA ­— A Cheap Trick roadie who was severely injured when a Bluesfest stage collapsed on top of him in a sudden windstorm two years ago is suing the popular Ottawa music festival and the company that owned and set up the stage.

Sandy Sanderson filed a statement of claim Tuesday, accusing Ottawa Bluesfest and Groupe Berger and Mega Stage Inc. of gross negligence for the July 17, 2011, stage collapse.

In his statement of claim, Sanderson alleges Bluesfest and Groupe Berger failed to provide him with a safe working environment and “created a situation of danger” by failing to adequately monitor the weather and warn the public the storm was coming.

A Ministry of Labour report concluded that the stage lifted and toppled when the wind reached 117 km/h.

Cheap Trick was still playing and got off the stage just before it collapsed. Three people — including Sanderson — required hospital treatment and others were treated for minor injuries.

The stage was designed to withstand winds of up to 120 km/h when the side and rear wind walls were removed, but that wasn’t done, according to the ministry report.

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