San Diego Man, 49, Killed in 60-Foot Fall at Coachella Music Festival
SAN DIEGO, Calif. (April 8, 2019) — Christopher Griffin, 49, of San Diego, has been identified as the stage worker who died in a 60-foot fall while on a roof top of a stage at the Empire Polo Club at the Coachella Valley Music Festival in Indio.
The incident took place about 9:26 a.m. on Saturday, April 6th at Monroe Street and Avenue 50, according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.
The worker reportedly was not using a required safety harness as he allegedly climbed scaffolding to install rigging equipment. He fell 60 feet to his death as he was setting up a stage for the first weekend.
Unfortunately, the man died of his injuries at the scene.
The festival’s production company, Goldenvoice, released a statement:
“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 twenty 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 incident is under investigation by the Indio Police Department and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
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