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Cal/OSHA may investigate aerialist's fall

December 1, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
State regulators may investigate an accident during the Hunky Santa Christmas performance at the Beverly Center.An aerialist slipped from a metal hoop and fell about 40 feet to the ground during a performance Saturday night. She landed on a video projection cube. The 26-year-old is hospitalized with a broken pelvis and wrist.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health is trying to determine if it has jurisdiction over the incident. An agency spokesman says it depends on whether the woman who fell was an employee or a contract worker.

The aerialist was not wearing a harness, and there were no nets to break her fall during her performance.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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