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Breaking: Opera house found guilty in death of stage technician

Vlaamse Opera in Belgium has been found guilty by a labour court of responsibility in the death of stagehand Stefaan Monsieur, who was hit by a 400-kilo chunk of backdrop in a production of Kaija Saariaho’s L’amour de loin.

The incident, in October 2010, took place in Ghent. Monsieur, who was 58, left a wife and daughter.


The court found that the stagehands received insufficient training in handling a complex system of weights and counterweights. Vlaamse Opera were ordered to pay a fine of 55,000 Euros. It sounds as if they got off lightly.


photo:Vlaamse Opera


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  1. The fine seems very low. Hopefully the family will receive much more.

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