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Cal-OSHA opens probe in circus death

first_img• Photo Gallery: Circus accident SOUTH EL MONTE – California Division of Occupational Safety and Health officials have opened an investigation into the death of a circus trapeze artist who fell during a performance Monday evening, authorities said Tuesday. Roberto Valenzuela, 35, of Brownsville, Texas, fell headfirst and died Monday night, said Sgt. Jacqueline Gonzalez of the Los Angeles County Police Department. He was performing with Circo Hermanos Vazquez (Vazquez Brothers Circus) at a show at the Whittier Narrows Recreation Center near South El Monte. Cal-OSHA spokesman Dean Fryer said Tuesday that investigators from his agency went to the scene immediately after the incident. Officials were investigating whether a 15-foot safety cable attached to the performer to prevent serious injury or death in a fall might have malfunctioned, he said. It was not immediately known whether the circus, which had its last performance at Whittier Narrows on Monday, would continue to its next stop, in Panorama City in the San Fernando Valley. For more on this story, pick up tomorrow’s Whittier Daily News. 165Let’s talk business.Catch up on the business news closest to you with our daily newsletter. Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more