Picture via the Calgary herald
Remember back in 2009 when one of Billy Currington's band members was badly injured and one fan was killed in the freak stage collapse at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta, Canada during a severe windstorm? Well it looks like it's time for those in charge to finally pay the piper for not taking every precaution they should have.
On Friday, Premier Global Production, the company responsible for the stage that collapsed, and event organizer Panhandle Productions had 27 charges filed against them, mostly for failing to ensure the health and safety of workers (and fans I'd think). A contractor who was working for Premier Global also faced an additional six charges for failing to comply with OHSA (Occupational Health and Safety Act) regulations.
All three companies are due in court September 28th.
In total, 75 fans attending the Jamboree as well as members of Modern West and Billy Currington's band were injured and one lady, 35-year-old Donna Moore, was killed in the mayhem. The two companies and the contractor are facing $524,200 and/or six months in prison for each charge if convicted.
On top of the criminal charges the companies face, the sons, 10 and 16, of the fan who was killed had a lawsuit filed on their behalf last week. The City of Camrose, the concert's promoter, the company responsible for security and several companies that built the stage are all named as defendants. No word on how much the suit is seeking, but for the sake of the boys I hope it's a pretty penny, especially if it's proven that the Jamboree people are at fault.
This year's Jamboree started on Thursday and features Gary Allan, Jason Aldean and Toby Keith. Let's just hope the weather stays sunny and warm and especially freak windstorm free this year.