A tragic accident has occurred during the set up for this year’s Coachella Festival. A stagehand that was helping to erect the stage died while working at the Empire Polo Club where the event is to be held.
TMZ, reported that the worker passed away on Saturday morning after he had apparently fallen 60 feet to the ground. He was seen climbing the scaffolding prior to his fall.
As of now how he fell is unclear, but sources have said that the worker was not wearing a safety harness.
Indio Police confirmed to TMZ that they received a report of an industrial accident for someone who had fallen on Coachella’s grounds around 9:30 a.m. PST.
Tragically, emergency crews got to the scene shortly after the report of the accident, but when they arrived the victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
Traumatic Injury: RPT @ 9:26 a.m. – Monroe St. X Ave 50 in Indio. Victim fell from a roof and perished at the scene. Indio PD investigating. BC, 1 ENG, 1 TRK, 1 INDIO MEDIC UNIT. #MonroeINCIDENT
— CAL FIRE Riverside (@CALFIRERRU) April 6, 2019
The production company behind the event, Goldenvoice, released a statement Sunday (April 7th).
“Today, Goldenvoice lost a colleague, a friend, a family member. Our friend fell while working on a festival stage. It is with heavy hearts and tremendous difficulty that we confirm his passing. He has been with our team for 20 years in the desert and was doing what he loved. He was a hard-working and loving person that cared deeply about his team. As our lead rigger, he was responsible for the countless incredible shows that have been put on at the festival. We will miss him dearly.”
The Coachella festival’s first weekend will start April 12th-14th, and will continue April 19th-21st, and will be staged in Indio, California.