Blame game follows Lévis towers collapse
The same company built the stage that collapsed at Ottawa's Bluesfest
The stage maker Groupe Berger is being criticized once again after scaffolding towers fell over during preparations for a festival in Lévis, Que.
The towers came down during heavy winds early Wednesday morning, but, did not injure anyone.
The same company built the stage that collapsed at the Ottawa Bluesfest on July 17.
Groupe Berger and the organizers of the festival are blaming each other for the incident in Lévis. The vice president of the stage-making company, Stéphane Berger, said it's the festival organizer's fault the scaffolding towers fell over.
"We have a contract with the client stating that the client is providing the supervisor for the installation of those towers," said Berger.
Berger said that supervisor was supposed to inform his company of any anomaly during the installation — something he says did not happen.
"He's also responsible to give us a daily report, which we didn't get that night, and the only information we got was early in the morning, that the tower fell.''
Berger said the company's image has been tarnished, especially after the collapse of the stage at the Ottawa Bluesfest.
He says bad weather was responsible for that incident, and he maintains the company's stages are safe.
Martin Lafrance is one of the organizers of Festivent Ville de Lévis.
He said the supervisor in question belongs to Groupe Berger, but was hired by the festival to help set-up for the week.
"They can blame whoever they want, but I know exactly where is the problem, and the problem is not here," Lafrance said.
Festival organizers say they have hired another company to help complete the stage set-up.
Quebec's workplace safety board is investigating the incident.