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Construction worker dies in fall after Psy concert

A construction worker has reportedly fallen to his death while dismantling the set for Psy’s Summer Swag concert in South Korea.

The man, who was in his 20s, died after falling 49ft while taking down a lighting tower at the Gangneung Stadium in Gangneung, Gangwon on Sunday afternoon (31 July). Psy had played the venue the night before.

According to Korea Joongang Daily, the victim, from Mongolia, was working under an outsourcing agency hired to construct stage structures.

Psy’s agency P Nation has issued a statement expressing its condolences.

“We will do our best to establish measures to prevent another accident like this from happening”

“We express our sincerest condolences to the worker who passed away after a sudden accident,” it says. “We also send our deepest condolences to the surviving family.

“We will do our best to establish measures to prevent another accident like this from happening, with a sense of responsibility.”

Last week, it was revealed that South Korean authorities are investigating claims that Psy’s water-spraying concerts could be contributing to the spread of Covid-19.

With Korea in the midst of a Covid spike, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters said it had received reports from people claiming they have contracted coronavirus after attending the popular shows.

The Gangnam Style singer’s Summer Swag tour previously came under fire earlier this summer for allegedly wasting water during a nationwide drought.

 


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Psy concerts investigated over Covid claims

South Korean authorities are investigating claims that Psy’s water-spraying concerts could be contributing to the spread of Covid-19.

The Gangnam Style singer’s Summer Swag tour came under fire earlier this summer for allegedly wasting water during a nationwide drought.

First held in 2011, the popular shows involve audience members being drenched in water as they sing along to the music, but attracted criticism after it was revealed that each gig uses around 300 tons of water.

“We use the performance venue’s water supplies as well as sprinkler trucks,” Psy told talk show Radio Star.

“We have launched an investigation to see what kind of actions are taking place during the event that could be risk factors in transmitting the virus”

Now, with Korea in the midst of a Covid spike, the Central Disaster and Safety Countermeasure Headquarters says it has received reports from people claiming they have contracted coronavirus after attending the shows.

“We have launched an investigation to see what kind of actions are taking place during the event that could be risk factors in transmitting the virus,” a spokesperson tells Korea JoongAng Daily.

Music promoters are being urged not to spray water during events while the claims are looked into.

In response to the concerns, Psy’s label P Nation says it will hand waterproof masks to each concert-goer at his upcoming Korean tour dates in Yeosu (6 August), Daegu (13-14 August) and Busan (20 August).

 


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